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To Be a "Normal" Kid
Allison Cieslak
Children's Memorial is committed to treating the whole child, and quality-of-life is a major concern.
At the Hospital's Falk Brain Tumor Center, radiation and chemo sessions can have devastating side effects. To judge whether the treatments are too harsh for a kid to bear, the staff needs to know about the child's daily life.
Allison Cieslak has fought brain cancer for 5 years. Her treatments always include a chat about school and activities. The care team listens carefully for clues that her therapy is too intensive – or that she could handle more.
I don't want to push them too hard, but at the same time, this is about living, and going to school…and being a young person. -- Dr. Stewart Goldman, Oncologist
The head of Allison's care team, Dr. Stewart Goldman, is engaged in research to find less destructive therapies. "I haven't seen a 'Eureka!' yet," he says, "but I've seen a lot of good steps in the right direction."
While research offers long-term hope, the Hospital also provides short-term help.
Dr. Stewart Goldman and Tom Ford
When Therapy Ends
After half a lifetime being treated for a tumor, how will a teen's life change?
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