Children’s has the specialized technology and skilled staff to care for the tiniest of patients, but that doesn’t mean it’s all about babies and kids. Children’s can also be the best place for teenagers and young adults to seek treatment, even if they’re dealing with diseases or conditions that typically affect those much older. Last summer, college student Ana Rodriguez was one such patient.
Ana’s health issues began in April 2010 when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at just 14 years old. “My stomach was hard and abnormally shaped, so my mom took me to my pediatrician,” she explained. “My doctor had me get an ultrasound, and they found ovarian cancer. I had surgery to remove a 10-pound tumor attached to one of my ovaries that was hidden behind my organs.”
After her successful treatment at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, Ana returned to life as a normal teenager, expecting the early ordeal was behind her and that one brush with a disease more common in middle aged adults was enough.