Leukemia – The Clinic Visit – Dr. Gary Dahl


Through these years I’ve been focusing
on the cure of patients and treating patients and helping families get
through the aggressive treatment, which lasts two-and-a-half to three years at
the present time, but you can imagine that people when they come in with their child who
has leukemia, that once they deal with:
what does this mean? what is the prognosis? How do I treat my child? How will doctors take care
of them? What kinds of toxicities are associated with
the therapies that we give my child? Will they be in the hospital?
Will they be able to go home? Will they be able to take trips and vacations? This is
a long period of time, three years, that children will be under
treatment. And then they begin to think sometimes on the first day, but
oftentimes a few days later after a diagnosis, they wonder, why does my child have
leukemia? What have I done? Did I paint the
bedroom at the wrong time? Did I take some
medications before the child was born? Where there
things in the environment that maybe affected the chances of my child having leukemia. So these are just some of the questions
that parents have asked me over the years. These are important questions that a doctor needs to have some knowledge
to be able to answer. We, faced with this, have looked at a large number asked a large number of physicians to
participate in a survey about just what kind of factor they think
the environment is in the incidence of cancer, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, that they
deal with in their population. We submitted a large survey throughout
the state of California and Utah and Massachusetts to people involved in
pediatric oncology: health care providers, physicians, nurse
practitioners, and fellows studying to be this specialty, and we found through sending this out to over approximately 450 individuals that almost 50 percent
answered that there were very many questions that parents ask about the
environment and its effect on whether or not their child has leukemia or not and they oftentimes did not have the information available through their experiences to be able to
answer those questions and felt that it would be very important part of
their education to understand what these environmental
studies have shown regarding acute lymphoblastic
leukemia

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