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Pediatric Oncologist to Swim for Children with Cancer

By Carol Hyman, UCSF News Services | August 8, 2006

Though he admits he's not that great a swimmer, pediatric oncologist Rob Goldsby, MD, is going to take the plunge to raise money for UCSF Children's Hospital patients with cancer.

On Saturday, Sept. 23, Goldsby, an assistant professor of pediatrics at UCSF, will join former Olympic swimmers and a host of others for a relay swim in the San Francisco Bay for Swim Across America, an organization that has been raising funds for cancer research, treatment and prevention for the past 20 years.

This is the first year Swim Across America is sponsoring an event in the Bay Area, but organizers are convinced it will be a winner. They chose UCSF Children's Hospital not only because of its commitment to making the event a success, but also because of its unique Survivors of Childhood Cancer program, which gives each child a record of the type of cancer, treatment received and any therapy-related risks to that treatment. For example, some treatments may cause heart problems later in life, so the patient will know he or she needs to get regular heart checkups. All of the information is on a laminated card, so the patient can have it for every appointment.

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