OMF - Angelo Bellia, 19, Hodgkin lymphoma (a white blood cell cancer), Saugus, with Dr. David Shulman, pediatric oncology, Dana-Farber 8-15-17

Angelo was diagnosed in September 2016 with stage 2 Hodgkin lymphoma after being taken to the ER when he wasn’t feeling well. His treatment has consisted of chemotherapy and radiation for several months. Angelo's treatment is now complete and he is in remission. Angelo is enrolled at UMass Boston this fall. He enjoys spending time with his friends, running track, playing X-Box, and hanging out with his pug, Rosie. He has a large extended family – on both sides – who are his support system. He has 2 sisters: Kristina, 24 and Julianna, 22.

Dr. Shulman has been at Dana-Farber for two years. He has been taking care of Angelo since the fall of 2016. He thinks Angelo is an inspiring young man who has faced his diagnosis and treatment with great courage and poise. He says Angelo has a great sense of humor and has a remarkable way of putting both his family and providers at ease. They have become close throughout his difficult treatment.


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Biopsies scheduled hand down the biopsy diagnosed that I had to stage two putts in home. So where you know with the treatment if you look at stand making it you're not you're styling news that he looks like a younger member of the Osce possible. Today because it could be a member. Com where I am now I am I'm done. I would say I I have a finished had six cycles of chemotherapy. And a boat a month and a half of radiation. And down acted alone in first grade next these people that Gary. Them dudes are assuming it's some you know he's he talks about his symptoms. And which it for any parent would just view our knowledge is so we'll deal with them later you know you're not to an atomic payments on vacation mrs. have a good time. Earth early diagnosis is important correct. So it is the easiest is that something other parents should know I guess you know be more aware of you know and and two hours or any like you know just direct signs of this maybe this forget about your regular pediatrician head up to Boston. Absolutely I think it's challenging. And fortunately in the grand scheme of things Pietrus cancers. Are relatively rare Angelos really now a young adult. But I do think it's hard because often these things sort of present as relatively common signs and symptoms that in some cases are called. That you know I think Angelo and his family were really on top of things and said you know exactly as he said this doesn't this is not sort of a normal voters not sort of a normal thing. In and pursue that further. But you know I think absolutely right. Creating awareness is really important. You know both for families and pediatricians and other doctors. And that helped sort of bring people to the proper in the proper diagnosis more quick. 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Like I said I want them. Got the right treatment as quickly as I did I my pediatrician told me sorry that's okay. You know I mean it's you don't have anything bad that they were persistent that's the reason I got a the people attain. Fibers acquisitive mr. words I'm done now sanity and good luck to you. Could continue to have great health and doctor thank you join us as well we really appreciate guest night.