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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: Q & A with Dr. Marcio Malogolowkin M.D. UC Davis Health’s Chief of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

By Republic FC Communications, 09/08/21, 2:00PM PDT

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Childhood cancer doctor discusses his drive to continue the improvement of treatment for his patients

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Republic FC is once again teaming up with UC Davis Health to bring pediatric cancer to the forefront. Throughout the month Republic FC will share triumphant stories, statistics, and more about childhood cancer capped off by Childhood Cancer Awareness Night on September 26th.

Dr. Marcio Malogolowkin is board certified in pediatric hematology-oncology for UC Davis Health and cares for children, adolescents, and young adults who are diagnosed with cancer. He is dedicated to improving the outcomes and quality of life of his patients.

We asked Dr. Malogolowkin some questions about his experiences in pediatric hematology-oncology and his answers are sure to inspire. He also is this week’s guest on The Breakaway Podcast that will be released on Thursday, September 9th.

What is it that makes you passionate about pediatric cancer?

I think the first thing that I make sure that people understand is that pediatric care has changed tremendously. Even in the past 37 years that I have been working with it, the survival rate has improved tremendously. Nowadays close to 90 percent of children diagnosed with cancer will survive. 37 years ago the survival rate was about 65 percent and that difference makes me want to wake up every day and get to 100.

How tough or indomitable are some of the children who are diagnosed with cancer and fight to beat it?

 I don’t need Marvel heroes, I see heroes every single day in my practice. Those children and adolescents are fantastic, their attitude is amazing, they are positive and energetic. They just want to be normal children. Those are the real heroes. Those are the people who make us want to get up every morning and keep on working.

What makes the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center so successful?

The most important thing to remind people why UC Davis is such a fantastic place is that we are a part of your family and a part of the community. We are a great hospital with great doctors, great support, but we believe we are part of your family. We treat all of our patients the way we would like our own children to be cared for.

What is it like watching children ring the bell celebrating that they are cancer-free?

Those are our rewards. Everybody mentions how ‘oh it's so sad what you do’, but first of all we do what we do because it's an honor for us to be able to take care of the children. When you see those kids running down the aisle towards the end-of-therapy bell and they ring the bell and there is all of that joy and party, that is the reason why we do what we do. We don’t control who we get to ring the bell, but every single one that rings the bell makes us remember why we wake up in the morning to care for these children and their families.

To listen to the full interview with Dr. Malogolowkin that releases on Thursday, Sept. 9th, click here.