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April 03, 2014
Dr. Eugene Suh, a pediatric oncologist, with WJOL radio
Dr. Eugene Suh, a childhood and adolescence specialist at Loyola University Health System talks with WJOL radio about how recent advances in treatment, and our understanding of childhood cancers, have led to improved survival rates that can be as high as 80 percent.
Leukemia, a cancer of the blood, is the most common type of childhood cancer. Parents whose children have been diagnosed with leukemia should have hope. While it is a devastating diagnosis to receive, we strive to treat the cancer and cure the disease process. At Loyola, a multidisciplinary team of specialists meets to come up with a treatment individualized for each patient.
Dr. Suh recounts how he decided to work with children after medical school when he was paired with a 3-year-old boy who had kidney cancer. Dr. Suh became close to the boy as physicians helped him to beat his cancer. Eventually, this patient grew up to be the ring bearer in Dr. Suh's wedding.