A Cancer Diagnosis Brings Lifelong Connections

Categories: Patient Families
At the age of 14, Ava’s focus was what you would expect for a beautiful, active girl preparing to head into high school. She loved hanging out with her friends, hunting with her dad and playing lacrosse. But that focus was about to change. Ava had a sinus infection, and her pediatrician had treated it …

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“PJ Day” Support Grows for Kids Battling Cancer

Categories: Events
Wearing pajamas to school might seem like a fun way to spend the day, but for thousands of children across Connecticut, it’s more of a mission. In December, children and adults alike wore their pajamas to school and work, donating $1 or more for the privilege of doing so. On this special day, known as …

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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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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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