• How this $1M donation at Levine Children's Hospital aids treatment of rare cancer

    By: Caroline Hudson, Charlotte Business Journal


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Levine Children’s Hospital now has a specialized treatment suite for an aggressive form of childhood cancer, thanks to a $1 million donation from the Isabella Santos Foundation.

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    The suite is equipped for MIBG treatment, which uses radiation to target high-risk neuroblastoma, a tumor typically found in the adrenal glands. The suite is divided into a lead-lined room for the child and a separate room for the parents to prevent unneeded radiation exposure. An audio-video system allows communication between the two rooms, and others can video call from outside the hospital.

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    Depending on the severity of the case, a child could stay in the treatment room for up to five days. The walls and floor are covered in plastic to reduce the risk of contamination. Relapse cases have first priority for the treatment.

    There are only about 20 other locations in the U.S. similarly designed for MIBG therapy.

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