Checkup Newsroom (cancer)

2019
September
27,
2019
| 05:37 PM America/Chicago
Bellanne (Bel) Coonrod never met a stranger. To Bel, everyone could use a little extra love, especially on the Hematology and Oncology floor of Cook Children’s. Bel knew the hallways of Cook Children’s well. Born with a medley of complex medical d...
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September
13,
2019
| 05:13 PM America/Chicago
As the parents of six, Dave and Jeanie Caselman have mastered the art of handling whatever life throws at them. Whether it’s school events, sports, graduating from high school or starting college, they thought they had experienced it all with the...
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September
06,
2019
| 05:44 PM America/Chicago
By Ashley Parrott Christian Englert was born with genetic hand tremors, like many of his family members. The tremors were never an issue, especially when he was drumming or doing school work … until he turned 15 when they helped diagnose a rare br...
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May
01,
2019
| 05:07 PM America/Chicago
This is my sweet patient Olivia. Olivia is 7 years old and has fought a battle that most 7 year olds (and 70 year olds) have never and will never face. Olivia has spent the last two years in and out of Cook Children’s battling neuroblastoma. It...
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March
06,
2019
| 10:28 PM America/Chicago
The diagnoses of a child with cancer causes devastation for the entire family. The life-changing news can mean the loss of a “normal” life. Even the most straightforward cancer with a 95-percent cure rate can impact jobs, marriage and the children...
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2018
December
27,
2018
| 04:43 PM America/Chicago
Most of us know someone who has had cancer. That’s because we are all at risk for developing the disease. Usually it’s by chance. But in some cases, cancer develops because of our genetics and that means some of us are predisposed to developing diffe...
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November
20,
2018
| 08:44 PM America/Chicago
Like many teenagers growing up in small towns, Danakah Abels loved playing sports. She played volleyball in the fall, basketball in the winter and threw the shot put for the track and field team in the spring. So when she started complaining about he...
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September
21,
2018
| 06:16 PM America/Chicago
Hutson Liles is just a kid with an invisible diagnosis, advocating parents and a love for hats.  "Hutson turned 3 and started having several unsettling symptoms all together that I didn't feel were right," Hutson's mother Heather Liles said. "...
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June
25,
2018
| 09:16 PM America/Chicago
Cystic Fibrosis had wreaked havoc on Madison Ramsey’s body since she was born. While she had been in and out of the hospital more times than anyone could count, the vibrant, creative and joyful teen had a way of making the best out of her situation. ...
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June
20,
2018
| 04:50 PM America/Chicago
In my first article, I introduced you to our family and described the first few years of our daughter’s treatment for leukemia. On her last day of treatment, August 29, 2011, doctors discovered that leukemia had relapsed in Tatum’s cerebral spinal fl...
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March
16,
2018
| 08:21 PM America/Chicago
If you see a blue light shining outside of a home or business this week, there may be a story behind it. Cook Children’s marks its 100th birthday on March 21 and to celebrate, some are choosing to shine a blue light. For many, the gesture means somet...
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February
23,
2018
| 08:10 PM America/Chicago
The last thing Jeff Murray, M.D., wants to do is be interviewed for this story. It’s not about being rude or even shy, it’s just he wants to make darn sure the love is spread around for the people that make up the Neuro-Oncology Program at Cook Ch...
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January
21,
2018
| 11:20 PM America/Chicago
A jet explodes into flames. Dastardly villains capture a Cook Children’s oncologist, take her away and tie her up at a nearby helicopter. All hope seems lost, until an urgent call is placed to a grade school in Grand Prairie, Texas on an otherwise...
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2017
November
15,
2017
| 04:50 PM America/Chicago
Cook Children’s is one step closer to launching a Targeted Therapeutics Program, opening the door to the most advanced and promising clinical trials available to pediatric cancer patients. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation has awarded a $60,151 infrastru...
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October
11,
2017
| 05:49 PM America/Chicago
Yesenia Cuevas and her mom, Dora, spend a lot of time together at Cook Children’s. They’re often shuffling between rooms in the Hematology/Oncology clinic for rounds of treatment for Yesenia’s Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), a cancer of the blood a...
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October
11,
2017
| 05:39 PM America/Chicago
Seven-year-old Kallvin Mendoza is well known on the Hematology/Oncology floor at Cook Children’s Medical Center. Despite being diagnosed last November with Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), he often has a smile on his face that brightens the day of...
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October
10,
2017
| 11:41 PM America/Chicago
A princess, a super hero and a courageous little fighter – Bel is known to many at Cook Children's as all of these things and more. Since birth, she’s been in and out of the hospital for medley of medical conditions. First, Bel's parents were told sh...
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October
10,
2017
| 11:33 PM America/Chicago
Adam Keller poses for the camera during an appointment at the Hematology/Oncology clinic at Cook Children's. Scars and a central line port are evidence of the fight he's been embarked on for the past year. He was just days away from his second bir...
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September
26,
2017
| 11:41 PM America/Chicago
At first glance, brothers Garrett and TJ Little don’t share a whole lot in common. First, there’s a seven-year age difference. Then, Garrett is married and an operations manager for a company in Las Colinas, while TJ is a single, free spirt and an...
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September
26,
2017
| 11:40 PM America/Chicago
By Ashley Parrott The Hematology/Oncology (H/O) floor at Cook Children’s is its own world. Bright green walls lead the way among the hustle and bustle of the daily routines of patients, families and doctors. But behind the miracles happening on th...
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April
06,
2017
| 12:03 AM America/Chicago
By Daron Aldridge When you think of a Cook Children’s patient, it’s just natural to think of a tiny baby girl who’s only lived in our NICU or a first grader in the Child Life Zone playing with Ralph just like his own dog at home. It’s especially t...
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January
12,
2017
| 05:38 PM America/Chicago
Josh and Ashley were just hours away from boarding an airplane for what should have been one of the most memorable trips of their lives. Spending Thanksgiving week in Illinois, surrounded by Ashley’s family, Josh knew this would be his chance to a...
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2016
October
21,
2016
| 05:17 PM America/Chicago
"Dr. Peak we need to do a diagnostic ultrasound of your breast..." Those words haunt me. I do not remember what was said next, mainly because a wave of fear and dread engulfed my body. The day I was diagnosed with breast cancer my life changed, fo...
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September
30,
2016
| 05:39 PM America/Chicago
Matthew Grogan’s first day of kindergarten started out like any other child’s. He had a brand new back pack, all the supplies on the list, and was excited to meet his teacher and make new friends! He smiled proudly for his first day of school picture...
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September
27,
2016
| 06:30 PM America/Chicago
Elsa walks through her castle, with her long, blonde locks falling down her back. She sings, “Let It Go.” And then her parents pick up their little princess. She straightens her long wig and they head to the elevator, back to her room at Cook Chil...
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September
20,
2016
| 09:01 PM America/Chicago
Since it began in 1986, the Cook Children’s Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant program has become one of the most diverse and experienced pediatric transplant programs in the Southwest. The program will perform its 1,000th bone marrow transplant on...
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August
31,
2016
| 09:51 PM America/Chicago
In between medicine in the morning and chemotherapy at night, Adalynn Hawkins laughs and cries. She pesters her sister and giggles with her parents. A family's never been so happy to go through the "Terrible Twos" and watch the joyful life of a toddl...
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July
16,
2016
| 01:26 PM America/Chicago
Micah Ahern isn’t your typical 7 year old who likes superheroes. Micah IS a superhero. After all, he has the attributes that it takes to make one – he’s courageous, brave, has incredible strength and never gives up. He even has his own logo. An...
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July
07,
2016
| 09:50 PM America/Chicago
Sun exposure is the leading cause of skin cancer – the most common form of cancer in the United States. Skin cancer is a serious problem in the United States. Did you know this information from the Skin Cancer Foundation? One in five American...
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June
16,
2016
| 03:14 PM America/Chicago
Conversations about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can be difficult. It’s not uncommon for teenagers to have questions but to feel like there’s nowhere to turn for answers. Because of that, a lot of misinformation is shared between teenagers wh...
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