Connecticut Children’s Foundation Blog

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Foundation Blog contains the latest division news, patient success stories and featured events. Check back regularly to see what our donors, patients and care providers have been doing.

Psychological Support for Pediatric Cancer Patients

Categories: Medical Center News
Behavioral Oncology
When facing a cancer diagnosis, patients need both excellent medical and psychological care. Connecticut Children’s now has full-time psychologists in its Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders. Siddika Mulchan, Psy.D., and neuropsychologist Lauren Ayr-Volta, Ph.D., are specialists with both medical and psychological training. And they have a special emphasis in hematology and oncology. Dr. Mulchan …

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New Oncofertility Program Explores Patients’ Options

Categories: Medical Center News, Partners in Caring
Dr. Natasha Frederick, Oncofertility Story
Roger (not his real name) was 19 when he received an alarming diagnosis: He had Ewing’s sarcoma. To fight his cancer, he was going to need multiple rounds of very intense chemotherapy. As Connecticut Children’s oncologist Natasha Frederick, MD, MPH, MS, has explained to young adults like Roger, chemotherapy drugs must be potent to kill …

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Cataract Surgery Restored Teen’s Eyesight

Categories: Medical Center News, Partners in Caring
Fatima Briley is only 15 years old, but when she came to Connecticut Children’s, she had a condition usually associated with the elderly: cataracts. In fact, her cataracts were so dense, she was functionally blind. Connecticut Children’s was able to help her, thanks to Paul Rychwalski, MD, his ophthalmic surgical team and a state-of-the-art machine. …

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Cancer Researchers on the Edge of Discovery

Categories: Medical Center News, Partners in Caring
When Connecticut Children’s patient Ian Brackett was 19, he began having severe headaches, intense and persistent enough that his doctor sent him to get a CT scan. The results of that scan were any parent’s nightmare: “They saw three black masses in my skull,” Ian says. It turned out that those masses were germ-cell tumors …

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Comprehensive Care for Olive

Categories: Partners in Caring, Patient Families
In Olive Panning’s short life, she has undergone one complex medical procedure after another. Her medical conditions have been fueled by a series of rare congenital issues. These conditions have kept her parents, physicians and caregivers on their toes for the last two-plus years as they deliver comprehensive care. Beloved throughout Connecticut Children’s, Olive currently …

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