Friday, May 20, 2011

The Voices of Childhood Cancer -

Few health problems are as heartbreaking as a sick child, and the latest installment of Patient Voices offers a poignant glimpse into the world of childhood cancer.

You'll hear from parents of children who are in the midst of cancer treatment, parents who have lost children, a teenager coping with treatment and a young adult still living with the effects of childhood cancer.

Toshia Ramirez of Houston shares the story of her 7-year-old son, Jaiden, who recently learned he has a cancer that has engulfed his brain stem. He has been given 8 to 12 months to live, but a new treatment may extend his life as long as two years.

"We spend a lot of time on our knees, praying and asking God to let Jaiden be one of the miracles," said Ms. Ramirez. "We're hoping to get at least two years, give doctors more time to research other things and come up with another solution."

To hear more from the voices of childhood cancer click, on the audio-visual slide show, "Patient Voices: Childhood Cancer," and then please join the discussion below.