Posts Categorized: Cancer

Adolescents and Young Adults (AYAs) with Cancer Need Specialized Care

By Peter Shaw, MD, Director, Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Oncology Program, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC The ages of 15 to 25 are a difficult time in anyone’s life: you are physically and emotionally still maturing, in the midst of school or working, and most importantly, just trying to… Read more »

Back to Even

We first walked on unit 9B of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC on Sept. 22, 2012. The day before, we received the call at home that the biopsy taken from our 9-year-old son Aidan’s sacrum was malignant and that he had Ewing sarcoma, a bone cancer. (The sacrum is a large, triangular bone at… Read more »

Our Journey with Children’s Hospital

Our journey with Sam’s tumor began on January 1, 2012 when he was 7 years old. We woke up happy and excited about the New Year and enjoying quality time at home in Erie, Pa., with family. We were wrestling around and Sam hollered that his lower leg was in pain when someone grabbed onto… Read more »

Survivorship: Riding Cancer’s Roller Coaster

By: Marty Randal, Cancer Survivor Kennywood! Everyone who grew up in western Pennsylvania or has relatives in this area knows about and loves this amusement park. The Kennywood experience is part of growing up in this area.  Local schools have their “Kennywood Day,” and families and communities come together to have fun at this local… Read more »

CureRock and a Rockin’ Hospital

By Nick Ranayhossaini, Cancer Survivor “If you have cancer, I’m gonna deck you!” My best friend said something along those lines before I was diagnosed with cancer the next day. I wasn’t there when he found out, but I imagine the look on his face was priceless. I like to imagine his eyes wide open… Read more »