Posts Categorized: Cancer

What a Difference 24 Months Can Make

By Micah Walton, father of Hannah Walton About two years ago, all seemed well as we were registering our 18-year-old daughter, Hannah, for college in Ohio where we live. She had not been feeling well, but we didn’t think it was anything that needed special medical attention.  That all completely changed when she had a… Read more »

Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Oncology Patients and Doctor Help Give New Movie “The Fault in Our Stars” Authenticity and a Pittsburgh Flavor

By Peter Shaw, MD, Director, Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Oncology Program, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC In a past blog post, I wrote about how the 70,000 or so 15- to 39-year-olds diagnosed with cancer every year in the United States can fall between the cracks of the current… Read more »

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 »