Dr. Drew is apparently one of this country's most well known doctors. And even I've heard of Lindsey Lohan. Unfortunately, I stumbled across that this morning....a tipping point.
BUT..........if YOU join the REVOLUTION to fight for a cure for childhood cancer, this man will become one of this country's most well known doctors.
Dr. Peter Adamson is a pediatric oncologist at CHOP and the Chair of the Children's Oncology Group (COG). COG is the international association of 230 hospitals collaborating to find a cure and less toxic treatments for children with cancer. Dr. Adamson is also a human being.
Dr. Adamson describes his talks with parents when options for continued treatment of their child grow short:
"What I say is that I can't tell you, even after 25 years of doing this, because I just can't even imagine sitting on that side, or what you're feeling, it is unimaginable. But I can help guide you."
Who gets to decide if the 5% chance of a cure is worth the risk? Is this chance of success so small as to qualify as futile?
If I know the father the way I think I do, if I hold out ANY chance of cure, he’ll take it, no matter the cost. That means, if I offer the family the transplant, he will go for it. But is that fair of me? He doesn’t know what it’s like to watch a child die in the ICU. I don’t think I can fully explain to him how awful a death his son may have, especially compared with what it would be like for him to die peacefully at home. Given that, can he truly give informed consent?
On the other hand, if I don’t offer the transplant, I take away even that slim chance of survival. Can I ethically do that? Or is that a decision the parents get to make?
"We are entering an unprecedented time in history. We will soon understand the fundamental drivers of childhood cancer. We will have failed a generation of children unless we do something with it. The most optimistic group out there is pediatric oncology doctors. Let today be the tipping point so that in 5 to 10 years, there are no more unimaginable stories."
"We will have failed a generation of children unless we do something with it."
Please click to support AJs Dad as he shaves his head to raise funds for childhood cancer research so there are no more unimaginable stories...