K&C - Dr. Brian Crompton, pediatric oncologist, Dana-Farber 8-15-17

Dr. Crompton works with children with blood cancers and solid tumors at Dana-Farber's Jimmy Fund Clinic. He can speak about the importance of raising funds to support research leading to better treatments and cures for different types of cancers. He has a translational research laboratory that focuses on finding new and better ways to treat pediatric solid tumors. Dr. Crompton and his team use cancer models to test new drugs that we hope will develop into new treatments for patients with refractory pediatric cancer. They are also developing new non-invasive blood tests that can detect circulating traces of cancer cells. These “liquid biopsies” may allow d to use a simple blood sample to diagnose cancer, measure response to therapy, and detect relapse. This year Dr. Crompton will participate in both the PMC and Jimmy Fund Walk. He often chaperones the Jimmy Fund Clinic teen trips to see the Red Sox in spring training.


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Doctor Brian prompt it is here pediatric oncologist. At Dana Farber and we spent a lot of time talking kids doctor in this first hour you're working with kids. Every single day. Not only with blood cancer but also solid tumors over the uniform. Yeah I was listen to get a little bit earlier and you know I wanted to comment a little bit about that that number about how you know back in the day. It's a cancer and security now or at almost a precinct series and that and that's totally true and it's it's really mean is an achievement what we've been able to do over the years but. I think one of the important things to remember and think about. As as. People are listening to all the guests you have on today is what that 80% what the costs of that is. To the patients and I think. Unity get there who we have to use chemotherapy. Surgeries radiation some pretty bad pretty intense stuff and kids are going to cancer therapy are. Often out of school there. You know missing out on being normal kids. And then that's the price we they have to pay it to get. I asked to that point where we're carrying 80% of kids and so I think that it's pretty. Safe to say that that's unacceptable and we need to do better that's. Child leukemia we're talking about that cure rates bird. You know childhood leukemia are some of the best but across the board for treating pediatric cancer -- requires real intensive therapy what what do you do what you do I can't imagine today when you have to do with kids some of whom you know. Are gonna make it. Well you know the thing is you never have to get up out of bed and and wonder Richard Cohen worked our principles that that is always very there. And and you know for me I think that the truth is is out there for everyone right I mean. You know you can ignore the fact that childhood cancer exists you can ignore the fact that. You know. Life is dangerous and Tom Brady was talking earlier about how you never know in life and and all of us have to face that and we don't really wanna remember every day that. That's also true for consideration never be that way race we rightly should be safe for children and and issues you know as adults we know that there's there's. You never know when life. But but it's it's not true you know and and there is there is pediatric cancer out there and so the fact that I get certain I don't have to ignore that and that I can do something to make that better. That's why do that. We talked about we. Got my guru Richard miles Goldberg on last couple years and you must he keeps like this all the time are always amazes. The word I guess she's mature to just how adjusted house market beyond the years yeah it is there's something too much for what it is. It is amazing and I think. The question is is that good. Yeah right right right it's right good you know we also talked about the fact that. You know some of these trips and all of the opportunities over patients have to. Meet the Red Sox players and go to spring training it's great but it's. Poor compensation for what that Roger is not nearly enough rate and what would rather do is not have chips. We'd rather have cancer chip there to be more like going to use the doctors for an ear infection rate you know eat the go in and I have two little kids infections a stressful don't get your heart you know. But and that's going in and then that your kid has cancer rate and that they're gonna be in the hospital for the next year or in another hospital for a year or two years of therapy might easily have I mean this is. Crazy stuff. But she will go with a 2.2 looks emotionally you'd their almost accelerated write these kids they beat me have to become a pill definitely movement to deployments are staring into the abyss at 81012. Different perspective they shouldn't have a fourteen straight and it. You know it in on the other side does kits to. Make it through this thing and are survivors are often become just unbelievable lead. You know beautiful adults are wonderful people. But you know that's not this. Within the development milestone we want them to go through to get there you know you hear it to be normal stuff you know. So you've gone on the spring training room. Where's there's a caretaker for every kid in last Q was there forty some kids. But the big group is an acre is it one big party you you are you Welling up. Like constantly when you see the joy in these kids they some of whom you know. Are gonna go to make it much longer and are often miles passed away in April and and other kids. Anything. What's that. Yeah I think it all of these little all these types of things that we do that are slightly outside of our dated a job but the doctor or scientist researcher. For me really sort of pools pulls me back to watch him do it reminds nothing that I forget when I'm in the hospital which you know your inserted doctor mode to do which is supposed to do meeting here patients there. You see late. The things that come up in the day to day basis like trying to go through metal detector you know prosthesis rate that's right that's a big deal and trying to get just get to Ford as a PTO and and so I do think that those trips and and things like the payments on the other things that a lot of us are involved in outside of our. Dated date jobs. Hopes that have a really important perspective of keeps us really you get in the pool Lou Lou were the and obviously I reverently. Gunman's alive yeah we've attacked and injured and you get back to Boston and and the parents are all waiting. Yeah and that's very I mean it's it's really funny because. You know would make it does their first chip off and there a little apprehensive mice he sure did a pretty reliant on their parents for a lot of new things that they're not used to having to deal with news that affects that they're in things. So they're a little nervous to leave and you know by the time we get back a lot of them. Don't want to have to hold her. And so you know they it to reunions agree with if it was but they also had such a great time they've made all these new friendships and and it's really sort of you know really created for them so level of normalcy. You know just answered it at that point one more time that is. A poor substitute for not having to go to west after the kids all go to that you in the nurses had to twin peaks yes sir yes. All right doctor thanks to join his team has ever guys doctor Brian Compton.