E.g., 01/2021
E.g., 01/2021
September 19, 2019 | Kristen House, Patient's mom

So many variables went into such the life-changing, definitively "you have cancer," day when we shaved our daughter’s head.

My daughter was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma on Jan. 28, 2019. Things happen very quickly when you get a cancer diagnosis. First, there’s the shock of hearing cancer, meeting with the oncology team to learn the specifics of the cancer, more scans, port placement surgery, and then the first chemo. All of this happened within seven days. Then, eventually, one of the many realities of chemo crept into our daughter’s life: hair loss.

How do you tell a little girl she’s going to lose all her glossy, dark...

September 19, 2019 | Karin A. Fox, MD, MEd

Photo: Getty Images

At first, I thought my then seven-year old daughter, Sophia, had her hair pulled up too tight in the “up-do” she got at her friend’s make-over birthday party. A perfectly round, dime-sized bald spot right under where her bun had been was staring right back at me. After about a week, instead of hair starting to fill in, it was closer to the size of a quarter.

Sophia’s hair was long and thick enough to easily hide the small spot, but since it seemed so irregularly, perfectly smooth, we went to the pediatrician to get it checked out. With a...

September 17, 2019 | Harold J. Farber, MD
Photo: Getty Images

You may have seen several news reports of very severe lung disease and deaths from use of e-cigarettes. We know almost all of the ingredients in e-cigarettes can harm the lungs.  The flavoring chemicals can cause coughing, wheezing and sometimes severe lung damage. The vehicle (propylene glycol and glycerin) can damage lung cells and cause a type of pneumonia called lipoid pneumonia. The battery can blow up causing burns, facial injury, broken jaws and eye injury. Even the inhaled nicotine can be harmful.

There is no evidence that e-...

September 13, 2019 | Kelly and John, Kaylee's parents
Kaylee Tolleson | Texas children's hospital cancer and hematology center
Photo: Kaylee at Texas Children's Hospital Cancer and Hematology Center

When Kaylee Tolleson first complained of lower abdominal pain, Kelly and John Tolleson, Kaylee’s parents, did what any parent would, took her to an urgent care. To their surprise, when they got there, Kaylee was already feeling better, so the urgent care checked her and diagnosed her with severe constipation.

“Still, Kaylee would come down in the mornings complaining of pain in her lower abdomen, then, after 20-30 min, she would be feeling OK, ready to go to school or continue her day,” Kelly recalled. 

This happened every so often. Kelly would...

Kaylee Tolleson's ovarian cancer journey
September 11, 2019 |
Photo credit: Smiley Pool

In 1996, I was on a return flight home following a week touring hospitals, clinics and orphanages in Romania. What I had seen on that trip shocked me. Children with HIV/AIDS were dying in droves at a time when new antiretroviral drugs were revolutionizing treatment of the disease in the Western world.

I spent a lot of time thinking through how to address this discrepancy in care and survival. It was on that flight home – scribbling ideas down on a legal pad – that the concept of what would later become the Baylor...