The teen years are a time when adolescents develop their self-image, seek autonomy or independence from their parents, and deal with issues of emerging sexuality, Dr. Sender says. Keeping that in mind with young cancer patients, he explains, “We try to understand and not downplay the issues of self-esteem and body image. We make sure we are talking to the patients and not just their parents.
When treating children and teens with cancer at CHOC, physicians also have another health aspect in mind: patients’ future fertility. Because so many adolescent cancer patients are surviving into adulthood, physicians, patients and their families have a major interest in preserving a patient’s fertility, as well as the long-term effects that treatment can have on
I’m more than half way through my 50-week CHOC gratitude tour, and I just met two others who want to join me in thanking the hospital for our bright futures: Meet Amy and Emily. Sisters Amy and Emily believe they have two birthdays: the days they were born, and the days they were diagnosed with
Much has changed in oncology the last 50 years. In the 1960s, childhood cancer survival rates were less than 20 percent. Today, survival rates near 80 percent, according to the National Cancer Institute. Isn’t that astounding? It’s been amazing to watch the changes in cancer diagnosis, treatment and knowledge since the time I first visited
There’s never a good time for a cancer diagnosis, but the teen and young adult years can be an especially tough time for cancer patients. Adolescents and young adults into their 30s who are being treated for cancer face a wide range of issues special to their age group that need to be considered to
For more than a decade, the cure rate for pediatric cancer has been stalled at about 80 percent. A multidisciplinary team of specialists at the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children’s is working to find cures for the other 20 percent—and won’t stop until they do.
CHOC Children’s Straight Talk offers real answers for Adolescents and Young Adult (AYA) patients with tough questions. The only website of its kind in the United States, Straight Talk serves up information in a mobile-friendly, question and answer format.
Just one month before starting her senior year of high school, Kim Sladek was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Despite the devastating diagnosis, Kim remained optimistic during 26 months of chemotherapy at CHOC Children’s. She also made plans.