Stories from Cancer Survivors

Pediatric Cancer Survivors

Stories From the Survivorship Program

Andrew's Story
When my son Andrew was four, he was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoblastic leukemia. He had a cough, and then we discovered an infection and tumor in his lung. Dr. Tilford has been Andrew's doctor since then.

Brady's Story
When I was 3 years old, I was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma. I went through about two and a half years of treatment, much of it at Doernbecher. It included a bone marrow transplant, chemo, radiation and clinical trials.

Katie's Story
Katie K. was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) just three weeks after celebrating her 6th birthday. Concerned about a high fever, Katie’s mom had taken her to a pediatrician who ran some routine tests. The results, unfortunately, were nowhere near routine.

Kevin's Story
In 1985 I was diagnosed with a Wilm's tumor. My right kidney had to be completly removed. I was only 10 years old and very scared. Back then Doernbecker was very different but still had great staff who were there for their patients.

Pierrette's Story
Almost 20 years ago, I had Hodgkin's lymphoma and was treated with radiation therapy. When I recently moved to Portland, I searched for somewhere to get follow-up care: That's when I learned about Doernbecher's Survivorship Program.