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D&H - Lisa Diller, Clinical Director of Pediatric Oncology

Aug 19, 2014|

Lisa Diller is the director of the Perini Family Survivors Center and the David B. Perini, Jr. Quality of Life Clinic for Cancer Survivors at Dana-Farber. She discusses the process of treating young children with Cancer.

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And a nice people and a doctor Lisa Diller is whether she is the clinical director of pediatric oncology at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Doctor -- it's nice to see nice to see you. Nice to see I. Nice to see you again saw you here last year and Medicare for everybody wants to know when you talk about. No cancer in general but pediatric cancer you'd think kids with cancer so unfair what can we do what's being done Telus. You know the progress that's been made over the over the last year a couple years that's what you want to know that. You know the progress today is really based upon the progress that's been made over the past couple decades much of which came out of the Jimmy Fund clinic and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. The privacy made has taken some of the diseases we treat. From fatal diseases to diseases that we can cure. And in the last year what we've done is too important things. One thing is we figured out how to treat less if we need to do so kids can grow up with having normal lives. Not affected for the rest of their lives like their heart -- their ability to law where their ability to go to school. Because we've learned which treatments we need him which ones we don't need. The other thing we've learned is for the kids who relapse we need better therapies and for better therapies we need the funds that you -- and days like today. You know what I've decided as having gotten this now while this is my thirteenth year and it is our thirteenth year and I saw Matty out here a little while ago I decided kids are tough for -- new enemy. I can't -- just tougher than all of us what these kids the courage in the strength they show it inspires me to see them. The concerns iron and I have to say the parents turns back. You know you you kind of put yourself in their shoes and cities have. Why -- I do how would I do it and then you see parents they stepped up to the plate they do what needs to be done they say. OK doc what do we need to do let's get it done they rearranged schedules they bring in the community they work with their workplaces to get a time. Parents are amazing as an advocate of course these -- but the -- It's in and some of the diseases that we have phonetic breakdowns here so we can be pronounced him correctly but we -- wants to these kids who have these diseases. And what -- have you found where where -- kids understand can tell them exactly this is what you have it in me. In a way that they understand what's happening to them as it this is his youngest five or six or do you wait until you know eight or nine and tell them what's going on. Mean I think the decision is around the language he used so the answer -- test first of all and then for some kids it's more of a metaphor that bad cells. That tumors some kids named their tumor in the and we take it out they say we got out Charlie you or whatever. And some kids wanna see Charlie. And wanna see it in addition women -- do that if they need to. But for the really little ones we call it the bad Sowells and that we need to get rid of plan and that sort of thing and then -- kids are older like you said five or six. Maybe the word cancer comes up. And then by the time they're tanner says they really do understand what the diagnosis isn't one needs to be done. What the kids are looking for name's dale and I work with the people your your -- -- -- -- to deliver the bad fell right I don't mean to insult any Charlie. The one thing that's most important and -- and the message if we get nothing else across to folks over the course of these two days. As we are making such progress. I mean cancers which which 510 years ago would have been death sentences. Anymore. That's the important thing people got to realize their money matters that's right it really matters not only are cancers that would -- death sentence by years ago. Now in an even in the clinic are being treated. But we understand more and more precisely. About what's wrong with those cancers now. And then we can figure out recently with laboratories that's being done and it turn those signals off so that cancer anymore. And that's very different. Therapies we use today where -- -- tired because. Basically a bomb and that's grow your hair for example. And hoping it gets cancer better than anything else which of course learn that we have but we want to be precise art house. Doctor Diller it's a nice to have you come and visit with us and we got a chance to visit up and out front earlier on thank you very much and thank you for the work you're doing my pleasure thank you and I think everybody who's sending him their funds doctor Lisa Diller is the -- clinical director of pediatric oncology at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. You see the teleport it currently stands at 433000. 389. Dollars I am is always. Very very grateful to you.

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