A Legacy of Hope for Young Leukemia Patients

Angelica Welch
Published: Monday, Sep 03, 2018
Joseph V. Simone, MD

Joseph V. Simone, MD
In the 1960s, programs for treating leukemia were few and far between—especially for children. The disease was just beginning to be understood, and rules and regulations for taking care of both adult and pediatric patients were underdeveloped and inefficient, as the first treatment for systemic cancers had been developed only a decade earlier.

This case inspired Simone, motivating him to find cures for more children. “When you get one like that, you get very, very anxious to get more. That pushed us on,” he says.

A Mentor

When asked about the great strides made in the 1960s and 1970s for childhood leukemia, Simone credits his mentor, Donald Pinkel, MD. Pinkel was the first director of St. Jude and has been cited as one of the preeminent physicians in the fight against childhood cancers.
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