Treating Kids’ Cancer With Science And A Pocket Full Of Hope

Lessons in optimism from very ill children inspire pediatric oncologist Jim Olson in his hunt for better treatments for brain tumors. If a boy too sick to get out of bed can still find a way to have a snowball fight with his older brother, then Olson figures he can find ways to improve brain surgery.

Keeping Cancer a Secret

It’s our job, as doctors and nurses, to be deliberate in asking our patients how they will explain their cancer to others, to make sure they understand. Keeping such a diagnosis hushed, from those who love and care for us, is an unfair burden we shouldn’t allow cancer to dictate, too.

Life, Interrupted: Making Resolutions

When I learned I had cancer at the age of 22, my life and my resolution-making were interrupted. There was no time or space to stress over something as small as a three-day juice cleanse or a daily exercise program. Surviving my next cycle of chemotherapy became my singular concern.

Life, Interrupted: The Cost of Cancer

When I blow out my birthday candles next month, I’ll celebrate being alive. But my 25th birthday will also mark a countdown to the date when I will no longer be eligible to stay on my parents’ insurance.