Fighting for Young Cancer Patients

By Paul Kent, MD

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Illinois graciously nominated me for the 2011 Man and Woman of the Year. I accepted with the understanding that we would be going for “Team of the Year.” The winner will be announced today at the grand finale.

I am a 47-year-old father of four (ages 7, 7, 6 and 3), happily married to Rush pediatrician Margaret Scotellaro. I have been a pediatric oncologist fo 13 years, and at Rush University Medical Center since 2004.

Our team is called “Tougher than Cancer,” from a T-shirt worn by little Josephina Singh (who also had a T-shirt that said “My Oncologist can Beat up Your Oncologist” – which was not quite as good a team name!). Continue reading

Leukemia Fight Inpired Him to Become a Doctor

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Steve Paschos, MD, a resident in internal medicine at Rush University Medical Center, appeared on Fox Chicago News this week to talk about his fund-raising campaign for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man of the Year honors.

Paschos, who was diagnosed with leukemia at age 17, said his experience fighting cancer inspired him to go into medicine.

“I love the interaction between patient and doctors,” said Paschos, a Rush Medical College alum. “I loved what I had with my doctors and I wanted to share that from the opposite end of the spectrum as a physician with patients.”

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