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What Kids Say About Camp

What Kids Say About Camp

***With the end of summer, this concludes our three-part series about Camp Sunrise, a place of summer fun for pediatric oncology patients at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Read parts one and two. We asked kids and staff from Camp Sunrise to describe what they love about camp and their dreams for the future. Here's(...)

Amanda’s Camp Story


***With the end of summer, we bring you a three-part series about Camp Sunrise, a place of summer fun for pediatric oncology patients at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. This is the second part of the series; read part one.  Childhood is supposed to be marked by sweet and simple memories, like losing a(...)

While pediatric cancer doctors heal the body, Camp Sunrise heals the soul

While pediatric cancer doctors heal the body, Camp Sunrise heals the soul

***With the end of summer, we bring you a three-part series about Camp Sunrise, a place of summer fun for pediatric oncology patients at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Part two features Amanda's story. What began in 1986 with seven campers has grown into the Kimmel Cancer Center-managed and -operated Camp Sunrise. The camp is(...)

A Conversation about Cancer: Six Questions that Keep Cancer Experts Up at Night


What keeps you up at night? This was the question posed by Kimmel Cancer Center director William Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., to six cancer experts who participated in a Cancer Conversations forum on Nov. 3, 2015. In parts one and two of this series, they predicted the future of cancer medicine and discussed how they collaborate(...)

A Conversation about Cancer: How We Collaborate


In part one of this series, experts at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center discussed their predictions for the future of cancer medicine during a Cancer Conversations forum on Nov. 3, 2015. These experts also discussed how they collaborate with other scientists. On the panel were: Kimmel Professor and Director of Radiation Oncology and Molecular(...)

A Conversation about Cancer

A Conversation about Cancer

On Nov. 3, 2015, a capacity crowd of more than 250 Johns Hopkins leaders, faculty, staff, students, donors, and other guests filled the Albert H. Owens Auditorium at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center to honor the philanthropy of Sidney Kimmel for advancing cancer discovery and care. Hundreds more watched via video streaming as Kimmel(...)

If You Think E-Cigarettes Aren’t Bad For You, Think Again


In this technological era, I suppose it should not be all that surprising that even our bad habits have gotten a techy remake.  E-cigarettes, battery-operated devices that simulate smoking by vaporizing a liquid solution containing nicotine as well as added flavors have hit the market with storm.  Vaping—the term for the use of these electronic(...)

Promise & Progress in Radiation Oncology


The latest issue of the Kimmel Cancer Center’s magazine Promise & Progress marks the 10th anniversary of the Department of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences.  Knifeless radiosurgery, proton beams, radiation sensitizing drugs, immune-stimulating therapies, informatics systems, efficiencies models, and inventions that move research forward and make treatments safer are a sampling of the exciting(...)

Johns Hopkins—Everest?


Photo at Left: Dr. Ted DeWeese at the summit of Mt. Kala Pattar. It is 18,600 feet above Everest Base Camp and is considered the best place in the world to view Everest. The name is even more recognizable than our own Johns Hopkins and mispronounced with far less frequency. The country of Nepal’s Mount Everest—for(...)

Healthy Living Starts at Baltimore’s Northeast Market


Healthy living was the theme of June 18th’s Day at the Market event held at Northeast Market on Monument Street in East Baltimore. The bimonthly event brings together Johns Hopkins nurses and other clinicians, safety experts, and others to interact and to share information with Baltimore citizens on simple things they can do to prevent(...)