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Mikey and Joe Castiglione with Dr. Andrew Place

Aug 29, 2013|

Mikey and Joe talk with Dr. Andrew Place, Pediatric Oncologist and Associate Director of Developmental Therapeutics at Dana-Farber, about the success of the program, and their aspirations to continually improve. Dr. Place talks about the challenges that he and his colleagues face regarding the treatment of adults and children with blood and other types of cancer.

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We have yet as to -- -- in the studio now. I AP act out pediatric oncologist and associate director. Of a debt developmental therapeutics at Dana Farber doctors into place is that all of your business card -- kind of hit that market doesn't really yeah. -- what kind of fun to use -- hasn't really small and let me just get that straight pediatric oncologist and associate directed -- developmental therapeutics at -- far that's a long title. But they -- very happy are very very important. Function for you in this fight against cancer what what's going on what's the latest and -- -- doing. We're doing well. But there's always room for improvement. And our treatment of pediatric cancers. We have a lot of success stories. But we're not satisfied that. And in particular when the cancers come back is when we are in a particular need to improve our outcomes. Now when you have to -- -- -- that again you talk about little kids here. Difficult scenario tried to not only explain. That details the seriousness of the situation. But also. To get them in a state of mind where they can deal with what is probably obvious to them the emotion coming from the rest their family members surrounding this situation. Yeah -- you know and when a child is diagnosed with cancer it. It really affects the entire family and sometimes the actually the entire community. From where that child comes from. And one real benefits of a group like Dana Farber is that we are able to support. Nearly all. Of the support systems that provide care and and love for them for the child and whether that's not reaching out to schools. Whether that's reaching out for help with the family particularly siblings. To understand what what are -- division I just deal with the procedure dealing with -- all the fears surrounding it only uncertainty indeed and pediatric cancers can be very scary both for families and for. People who don't necessarily encountered very often were the most recent developments in me what type cancers. So it the most common pediatric cancers are cute little plastic leukemia dot com and human allies has leukemia. And and also sort of solid tumors such as terrible stomach and brain tumors. And what we're really striving to do is to improve outcomes. And upfront therapy so cancers don't come back. And also to improve the therapy is that when chances do relapse them we have backup plans that can still offer patients an excellent chance for York. Is -- -- place you get where from a time perspective. This child's been treated and it is of the year two years where you can actually kind of feel more about a safety net look invest it well once you get past this time. You you probably going to be okay airs at present. Not valid. So there's there's a couple ways to look at that. One of the ways to look at it is pick a period of time and and decide. You know when we when we study children who treated for cancer to decide what period of time we say they've been cured. And it turns out that that's different for each individual disease. But that period of time whether it's a two year period of time or five year period of time pails in comparison to what it needs to the family. Because for you know children. -- who've been diagnosed with these diseases their parents worry about it coming back. Probably for a lifetime yet and so you know what we look at it from a research perspective. It's often different from what it means to the -- We get an a parade of people coming through here with stories some -- -- and tragically some of the amendment you know message hope you're looking into kid's face. I don't know how anyone cannot. Feel the need to step up. And contribute to the the effort to end this you know it. It's a child's face. And you enjoy that more than anybody we we do you deal with that every day and I'm actually on service this week grounding on in patients. A Children's Hospital who were caring for. And there's no better motivation. For me as those that clinicians caring for patients and as a researcher trying to improve outcomes. And to be right there face to face them. And I hope that the listeners and Red Sox Nation and I've been watching over the last couple days. I've been able to get a glimpse of that by meeting both adult and pediatric patients. Because it I think it really comes home. How serious the problem -- -- when you're hearing stories. We're talking and doctor Andrew place a pediatric oncologist and associate director developmental therapeutics Dana Farber and getting better at saying that but -- what he uses a soldier. In the war gets cancer. And we just appreciate you you being here we appreciate all the work you do. As we've said many times the station you do God's work and that it's probably not easy all time. -- it's -- it's actually were privileged to take care of these patients. And one the best aspects of my job is working. On -- my team. And it is a huge spectrum of people from doctors nurses. Administrative assistants to you know that the folks who're actually -- Doing your best estimate the experience of the Children's Hospital was positive that it. If people stay up all night work endless hours burn the Midnight Oil. It's you know you're gonna save every kid wanted to do and what worst striving to do is. Give these kids a lifetime. Many wow only just their whole lifetime you know -- we get a lot of unhappy thought isn't it well you know and in. In pediatrics are our real goal is to. Allow these -- kids to grow up and experience the things that their parents want them to experience. And you know that is that a real important goal for us as we think about new therapies. Because curing the patient but leaving them disabled or sick because of the therapy itself. Is not the kind of deal we want and we want these kids to grow up and go to school and have. You know kids and grandkids of their own -- so rewarding when they do come back. As older kids in good health yeah that the greatest feeling in this is somebody who's who's completely okay India and you're you're parched partially of course the reason for that. Well you know I I think. That when the greatest aspects of taking their children and young adults if they want deeply to. Move past this and be kids and go to school -- -- college had a life. Minutes at six actually motivating. For them to to be able to show us that strength. That they're not. They're not there diagnosis. That is a part of them but that's not what defines them and who they are is that one dancing school and they wanna be shops and -- athletes. And being able to get them to a point where they can get back to -- what's most important to them -- really really reward. Well good -- that thanks you that you get from us is -- course meeting was compared to thank you get the reward you get from seeing the -- accurate kids but. The way people can give their thanks to get on the phone. Right now because we're just about to crush the 3.2 number we don't wanna stop there 8777381234. Get the phones -- and right now. Get your text below being out there what's called it a self cellphone right. Potential for a huge thumbs in the best possible purpose you can usually thumbs -- right now. That's my taxi taking answered to 20222. And -- donate ten bucks from you. To the Jimmy Fund the data forever cancers to documents to have you here thanks and thanks to -- it out we'll continue with a -- annual WEEI -- Jimmy Fund radio telethon. Live from Fenway Park.

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