When Carlie Cord, APN, asks a teenaged patient if he is keeping up with his studies for the SAT, she is as intent on sending a message as she is on learning if he’s prepared for the geometry questions on the college admissions test.
In the midst of treatment, it can be hard for young people to see life after cancer, but we want them to be able to look beyond that and have hope.
“In the midst of treatment, it can be hard for young people to see life after cancer, but we want them to be able to look beyond that and have hope,” says Cord, a nurse practitioner at the Children’s Cancer Institute at HackensackUMC.
“We make sure our patients know they are much more than their diagnosis or their blood count, but we also let them know that we see them as far more than patients: these are children, young men and women. They certainly are affected by their cancer, but they are not defined by their cancer. So we make a point of knowing the name of a child’s dog, or when a young woman’s prom is coming up,” says Cord, who came to Hackensack University Medical Ceneter with Dr. Michael Harris 29 years ago to start the institution’s pediatric oncology and hematology program.