WEEI>On Demand>>DH - Lynne Miller, 45, treated twice as a child for rhabdomyosarcoma, a soft tissue cancer, Waltham, with Dr. Lisa Diller, clinical director, Pediatric Oncology, Dana-Farber

DH - Lynne Miller, 45, treated twice as a child for rhabdomyosarcoma, a soft tissue cancer, Waltham, with Dr. Lisa Diller, clinical director, Pediatric Oncology, Dana-Farber

Aug 30, 2016|

Lynne was first diagnosed in 1986 after she found a lump. She had it removed and then was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma. a rare, soft tissue sarcoma. She underwent chemotherapy and radiation and then was in remission. In 1988, she relapsed and underwent chemotherapy again. She was a teenager during both diagnoses, so this was a very difficult time for Lynne. Lynne went on to graduate from Clark University and she works in oncology drug development at local pharmaceutical company. Looking back, Lynne is just thankful for being able to be treated at Dana-Farber. Being in cancer research and development professionally as an adult, she is now acutely aware that the treatment she received at Dana Farber was the best available at that time. Her family includes her husband Seth and her daughter, Hannah, 6. Dr. Diller can speak about the advances Dana-Farber has made in pediatric cancer survivorship over the past 20 years. More than ever, people are surviving cancer, and this presents a unique set of challenges as they deal with the physical, emotional and psychological after-effects of the disease. She can speak about what Dana-Farber is working on now for current and future cancer survivors. She is also the director of the Perini Family Survivors Center and the David B. Perini, Jr. Quality of Life Clinic for Cancer Survivors at Dana-Farber.

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And joining us here in our studio at Fenway Park is let Miller. 45 years old treated twice as a child or a disease like camp renounce I could but I I'd screw it up a soft tissue cancer and act rap bill Myers sarcoma. Show off and doctor Lee has an honest on as new data end is here as well. Let's start Lin with you you were first diagnosed. Back in 1986 I guess. That that's quite a factor here. I thought holy I still and so what what happened off the air. How pathetic no reflect a little wreckage she was talking to her daughter and their husband's right here they Max. I'm sorry could you repeat what happened. Well yeah back in 1986. And 86 is when you were first diagnosed. And and and I must say as we sit here in 2016. You'll look marvelous we think you. I few analysts. Thanks to doctor Diller and others that it wasn't me that Len and I met when she came to our survivor client. At the preening cleaning. And we talked a lot of better treatment. Which she can talk about now and it is pretty Bruno and she has done great that we need better treatments we definitely better. We certainly do. And of the research that Dana Farber and in the Jimmy Fund do. Everybody needs to just give umpteen tribute. You know it's been thirty years since my diagnosis if you can believe it on. It was a long treatment that we had back in those days on. Lot of side effects a lot of after a facts. But the treatment you know I was diagnosed when I was sixteen. An and I had a relapse when I was eighteen when I was in college and I was treated again. On that thanks to the treatment I had that wasn't supposed to be carried it at that time actually. Thankfully turned out to be curious and hearing am thirty minute and thirty years later didn't think she'd be here now. With Hannah. Well it's gonna say how soon it's gonna mention you're here thirty years later here with your husband mind you thus and it might your daughter Hannah Hannah and so you're support network and Hanna what you like that. Saying anything on the radio. Up till three years that clearly an odd jobs by noon. Grab that microphone and say hello yeah I got rates I'll varied and say hello it is big plastic. If you wanna say about two bomber data to see how well. Say hello on the radio to secure today you know what. I think. Well Jackson in two fantastic. But is that you know how was it for you and sit. Yeah thirty years ago you're thinking about him having a husband and having a daughter and being a graduate of Clark University is that correct. That's race I don't think it was possible as in high school at the time Dan and I went and I. And doctor Phillip can attest the fact that as a pretty angry teenager in this just made me angry. Are being a teenager it was enough chatter and he's on dancing hard. The teenager he's going through cancer therapy and doesn't know what's gonna happen in this sewed dependence. Upon doctors in your parents just when you wanna be and pound man. And you're in the hospital all the time on the time. We need better therapies we need directed therapies we need to take advantage of the immune system like he sat like Herat up the last call list alluding to. We have therapies today that are different from 1986. Says that. People don't have to go through what Lin went through before. During our during and after therapy and I'm get them to be like this lovely family here. But without all that suffering. But live not to get all metaphysical line you but it 2016. Win could go back and talk to that that angry sixteen year old who got the diagnosis we just say. That's that's a tough one arm really into the. You hear area I you know I your tree what kind of tree really don't I don't ever let anybody noticed it on gas so I I I I mean. I would just say tick tick. To keep the faith you now as we as we did then you know winds and you know. You just have a lot to look forward to. At that time I didn't I didn't know that you know I mean he really picked to yourself that mean years on I was only thinking on some of the day to day basis or maybe every six months. But none yeah I would say they're they're really good things to come. You give me some hope by my dad Lynn because. As the father of an angry teenager I'm seeing that there is a light at the end of the summer yeah it's been angry at our. You know what it actually does lasts about 25 of Narnia ultimately come on now I know another. You know I ran up. And big topic it point at over the years we've certainly learned at teenagers need special attention and special service adds to gap them through a difficult time. I know you know about the trip that our kids take their teenagers take down to spring training and in collaboration with the red slacks with Lisa sharper and I know you guys now. A saint Donner at saint honor. So that the kinds of funds that come in today support the kind of work we do not only to develop new tracks. But to get teenagers who are angry at top and add that this is happening to them and get them through and treat them right. And get them to sort of meet you look back upon some. Character building things that might have happened while they eat the cancer. Will we can't. Thank you both enough for being in here and and lending your voice to this and and telling us let's face it there's a light at the end of the tunnel and thank you. And I look forward to all of us which sets cheering him angry yeah right yeah I haven't created 25 keeps coming back. She's six will be sure to come back in ten years. And she you can see how you can run but there's talk man to be okay what led Miller doctor Helen thank you guys aren't my thanks for being let it.