SPOKANE, Wash. - It's a wing of Sacred Heart Children's Hospital many people don't like to think about, for fear they could end up there with their own child: child's oncology.
But for many families, this is their reality.
“I think that's the impetus to fight so hard and work so hard because there is literally nothing more important to these families than their children,” said Dr. Ross Goshorn,
Dr. Goshorn will be the first to tell you that a cancer diagnosis is not what it was 20 years ago.
“Kids in this community have access to cutting edge medicine while being able to stay close to home,” said Dr. Goshorn.
The hospital is part of the Children's Oncology Group—an international group made up of the best pediatric cancer researchers.
The most common form of childhood cancer is Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. For the vast majority of kids who are able to beat it, it does not come back. But others aren't as lucky.
In that case, new technology at Sacred Heart allows doctors to examine a relapsed patient's genetic make-up, and develop a treatment specifically designed for each individual patient.
These treatments are key to a child's cancer battle, and so is the staff who cares for them.
They give hope that each of these obstacles are just tunnels, and there is always a light at the end.
“There is nothing else I want to do in medicine other than work with these families,” said Dr. Goshorn. “It's the most unbelievable feeling in the world to return a child back to their family without cancer.”
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