Pediatric Cancer

Pediatric Infusion Center: A space to heal and learn

July 11, 2017

Pediatric Infusion Center: A space to heal and learn

By uclahealth uclahealth

The boat is the first thing kids notice when they come to the Pediatric Infusion Center at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. Dina’s Beach, as the front-desk area is known, is named for a former patient whose family donated funds to make the infusion center a more enjoyable place for kids and parents. The tropical theme, complete […]

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Tags: antibiotics, biologic therapies, blood transfusions, cancer, central-line blood draws, chemotherapy, child life specialist, chronic conditions, Dina’s Beach, infusion center, intravenous therapies, nursing


Sam's Love for Song (A Tribute)

May 18, 2017

Sam’s Love for Song (A Tribute)

By Expressive Arts Therapies UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital expressiveartstherapies

This tribute is shared in honor of Samatha Surban (1/17/2006-2/10/2017). We would like to honor her special spirit, strength and love for music. Sam spent time consistently participating in Music Therapy sessions while receiving treatment at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. Sam LOVED music and was absolutely determined to learn guitar and master some of her […]

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Tags: cancer, Chase Child Life, child life, featured, music, music sessions, music therapy, musical instruments, patient stories, UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital


Fighting cancer—and honoring a beloved aunt—one cake at a time

August 9, 2016

Fighting cancer—and honoring a beloved aunt—one cake at a time

By Reggie Kumar reggiekumar

For Abby Nathanson, 17, and best friend Ruby Garland, 17, baking cakes is a bittersweet tribute to a woman who was known not only for her love of creating sweet treats, but also her warrior-like attitude and determination to beat one of the deadliest cancers in the world. In 2013, Abby’s beloved aunt Jodi Nathanson […]

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Tags: cancer, chemotherapy, children, childrens health, clinical trials, lung cancer, lung cancer research, news, non-small cell lung cancer, radiation, radiation oncology, UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center


A Thank You Letter to UCLA on behalf of my Father

July 7, 2016

A Thank You Letter to UCLA on behalf of my Father

By patrickeck patrickeck

To the UCLA medical team who cared for my father in his final weeks of life: My father, Frank Eck, recently passed away on the 8th floor of your medical center, in the ICU. After a bravely combating a myriad of health issues for two-and-a-half weeks with profound determination to get better and head home, […]

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Tags: acute lymphoblastic leukemia, cancer, chemotherapy, child life specialist, Dr. Jacqueline Casillas, Dr. Stephen Feig, Dr. William Suh, featured, hematology, ICU, oncology, patient stories


Give, gather, fund. Giving circle supports science

June 13, 2016

Give, gather, fund. Giving circle supports science

By Amy Albin amyalbin

Many physician-scientists have ideas for research that could lead to new treatments or cures for the patients they treat. But getting federal funding to support that research isn’t always easy. That’s why a “giving circle” at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA has so much impact. It offers pediatric physician-scientists the opportunity to pitch their ideas, win […]

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Tags: bacteria, Dr. Elizabeth Marcus, Dr. Kalpashri Kesavan, Dr. Katherine Wesseling-Perry, Dr. Noah Federman, Dr. Sherin Devaskar, Ewing Sarcoma, heart health, kidney disease, Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, medical research, neonatologist


March 30, 2016

He’s saving my son’s life!

By vmbathfield vmbathfield

On April 5th, 2013 we were told that our son Sam, who had just turned 10, had Leukemia. The shock of hearing this is beyond belief. It was in the very early hours of a Friday morning (and we had been awake all Thursday night as they admitted Sam to the hospital from the ER […]

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Tags: Doctors Day, Dr. Theodore Moore, ER, leukemia, patient stories