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D&C: Christine Duncan, pediatric oncologist, Dana-Farber

Aug 19, 2014|

Christine talks about the current challenges facing the treatment of adults and children with blood and other types of cancers. She also talks about what we're doing well in treating children with cancer, and what Dana-Farber is doing to help make cancer treatments more effective for patients.

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Good looking people he embraced on the number one guy what did you do what you have to be good looking to the number one crime high -- -- -- nice smile and it seems that the identify those same thing yes doctor Alley first doctor -- and second and now Christine Duncan -- -- you have for a yes and it when your car. Doctor Duncan as a pediatric oncologists as well welcome it but glad to have you here yes hang out together all Lisa. What the TV shows with doctors aren't enough Kelenna and hope that's true if you don't have a couple -- -- wants in there yet now. Although the subway became adult she wanted to work with George Clooney if that is. What we went to host doctor shows you that ER. Our -- today I have my wife wanted it is more update they shall open heart surgery I'm like what do we do what are we watching you you in mind that as I've anti us with a limited -- knew you wanted to be a doctor. You know an interesting thing I was -- people who knew my entire life that I want to be a doctor. When I was in college is very interested in sciences and tried to figure out how that test work madness it. And I parents instilled in us and very importance of getting back -- getting back to community giving back to people and that really drove my decision to go to Madison were to go to school. So I went to college in a small school in Iowa on Drake University moon and it went to University of Chicago for medical school so at mid -- and. And even and even at the university US and -- -- going to be a doctor. You -- -- Chicago and decided -- in college I haven't quite decided made that decision and went to Chicago went you have to pick the specificity. Eyes of the specificity and what -- watch what particular exactly suits went towards the end of medical school -- differentiate whether you're going into adult medicine pediatrics surgery that type of things. And then I came up to Boston -- pediatric residency Boston children's and and then well I was there works with the oncology program and really found love with the division of the department of patience and everything the mission of the program. Incidents date on my -- Dana Farber. Does the Dana Farber reputation proceed itself across -- country in the medical community does everybody in California. Who does what you do know about Dana Farber. Absolutely yeah in -- I didn't -- known across country in arms across the world. And it's really nice that we go to meetings and talk to our colleagues it's scary when you connect cocky Brent. Hello I had a good attitude. And so it's great -- to -- from -- of -- prison in Iran very proud of what sets Dana Farber apart from all the other. Places that does what Dana -- does. If there aren't many great institutions across the country dean. And then all the support that we're very lucky. That's the telethon and other things how provides so having some public Isa server. Having social workers had an entire package is really incredible. Is there any upwardly mobile placed the people who work at Dana -- say I'd really like to go to this place next or is this a final destination. -- -- -- -- It's the final destination. It is certainly people who for family or other reasons but you're not going to find a better institution or better place to work in in the country -- perhaps the world. What's the end difference in like Sloan Kettering her Mayo Clinic -- Hopkins. Is your specialties is this the place to go four for pediatric oncology. So we are we recently ranked very highly in the US news and world report for pediatric oncology where incredibly proud of that. On every center does have a specialty I think one of the nice things about Dana Farber. Is that we specialize in everything and so we have incredibly strong pediatrics obviously incredibly strong internal medicine and adults. I'm specialties but there's really not deficiency. What's that it's a fun place to park isn't it really -- it and it kind of what you guys but we go over there you know you -- go down seventeen floors of Arctic you don't have to do that. Allies in October and thank god but I drive and -- yet -- real pain how do you -- -- with the emotional aspect the right before you can become a pediatric oncologist that you prepared for the emotional roller coaster. And you allowed yourself to get attached to the -- Think never fully prepared. And that you have to lives of two -- attached to some point but not so much that interferes with your job. I was on the telethon a few years ago with one of the young women who they highlighted in -- the special. -- statement just now about girls' weekend and she is the young woman Erica who's the biggest Red Sox fan and world. And she died shortly after last year. And it's incredibly hard I've worked with her for many years and her with her family is you've become part of that family they become part of viewers and he's certainly. Miss them when they're gone and try to honor them in the ways that you can you send a sympathy for review to keep in touch two so we send in recent cards we we actually became very close to their families and we text back and forth and it just it's hard you part of their life every day and then it's not just you being part of their life they're part of your life. Is so when something changes or child passes and Mary it's hard for all of if if it were a movie you know. Go home in tears yeah you know it's I don't know if I can do this and Olympic and go to work again tomorrow. He do that. Which are tightening and it stayed. In there are also tremendous success stories right in the success stories things keep going. Things don't go a huge and do better. So I hope that we don't -- an -- -- -- less and less time as the research -- progress in reducing its work. And on people we've lost. Art dealer -- -- -- everything possible to see you working. You know jury we spent a lot of time when we're talking about sports and athletes and teams but mentally tough athletes this is a different kind of mental toughness that occurs to me now I don't know with -- you'll you'll -- -- this but having talked to you having talked to doctor -- after and talked it to doctor prompt and we're talking a pediatric oncology. There requires a certain degree of mental toughness -- beyond the mental acuity. To just gain the knowledge and be able to to to treat patients and do research but there are some mental toughness involved in your job would you agree. So you know you have to be touched by the people you -- -- but you can't all the pieces you have to be able to go to work the next day or later that day -- the next patient. And be able to give them an absolute best care. If we find pieces all the time he can't do that cared to the next person right and you and that's the standard that we hold ourselves to tell me about. Your division of labor between research and actually treating patients how does that work what's the percentage I'm. An interesting mix I think I am 65% clinical also IC patients 65% of the time. And in 35% of my time is doing clinical research. And I guess you probably would say you like doing both that if somebody. Said you've got to pick one docking got to pick one would be patience occasions I have an idea as like. Apps -- We appreciate the time we appreciate we do and thanks for taking some time and visiting with -- -- so much thank you for English doctor Christine Duncan pediatric oncologist. At the Dana Farber.

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