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Feb. 1, 2006 – Texas Children’s Hospital Press Release
By Laura Frnka
February 4, 2006 has been declared World Cancer Day by the Union Internationale Contre le Cancer/International Union Against Cancer (UICC). Traditionally a day to call awareness to adult cancers, this year’s World Cancer Day is highlighting childhood cancer – the leading cause of non-accidental death among children.
Dr. ZoAnn Dreyer, chief of the Long-Term Survivor program at Texas Children’s Cancer Center, the largest pediatric oncology and hematology center in the nation, can address the progress made in the field of pediatric cancer, the present trends associated with the disease and what can be expected in the future.
ZoAnn Dreyer, M.D., is a pediatric hematology/oncology specialist at Texas Children’s Cancer Center and Hematology Service in Houston, Texas. She also is an associate professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine.
In addition to treating patients and training young doctors, Dreyer acts as chief of Texas Children’s Long-Term Survivor Program, which studies the after-effects of cancer and hematology therapies for more than 1000 patients annually.
Dreyer also has an interest in studying acute lymphoid leukemia in infants younger than one year of age. She serves as the principal investigator for an innovative, nationwide treatment protocol that has increased survival rates for this population by more than 50 percent.
Dreyer has lectured worldwide on a variety of topics relating to pediatric cancer and blood disorders. Active in community organizations, Dreyer serves on The Periwinkle Foundation board of trustees, the Ronald McDonald House advisory board, as a physician associate to Mothers Against Cancer; a board member of The Make-A-Wish Foundation, Gulf Coast Division; and former president of the Gulf Coast Hematology Society. She is the Medical Director for Camp Periwinkle, a camp for children and their siblings diagnosed with childhood cancer. She is also Medical Director for The Ronald McDonald House of Houston.
Formerly the host and medical reporter for Baylor College of Medicine’s TV Healthline, a series of eight medical news stories produced and distributed nationally and internationally, Dreyer is media-savvy and has been featured in numerous print and broadcast outlets.
Dreyer earned her bachelor’s degree and medical degree from the University of California, Davis, Calif. She served her internship, residency and postdoctoral fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine, one of the nation’s leading medical schools.
The Periwinkle Foundation develops and provides programs that positively change the lives of children, young adults and families who are challenged by cancer and other life threatening illnesses and are cared for at Texas Children’s Hospital.
Each year more than 4,000 children are touched by Periwinkle programs Camp Periwinkle, Camp YOLO, Family Camp, the Long Term Survivor Program and the Arts & Creative Writing Program which culminates each year in a traveling exhibition of art by children touched by cancer and blood disorders. Through camping, recreational and arts programming, The Periwinkle Foundation provides opportunities for these special children and their families to heal emotionally, lead fuller lives and become stronger survivors. With the generous help of our friends and supporters in the community, The Periwinkle Foundation changes lives for life. Learn more at www.periwinklefoundation.org.