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

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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

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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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Growing New Organs in the Lab

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seeded lung bioreactor
As a researcher and Connecticut Children’s Surgeon-in-Chief, Christine Finck, MD, is doing something that might seem impossible: She is growing new organs in the laboratory. Using genetic manipulation and 3-D printing, she has so far succeeded in growing esophageal and lung tissue, but the technology has the potential to eventually produce any organ, including brain …

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