Helping Children and Families Cope and Treat Solid Tumors

Nurse Practitioner Erica Southworth works with children and families during one of the most difficult times of their lives: throughout the diagnosis and treatment of children’s complex solid tumors.

While she realizes that most parents are willing to do anything for their child, even if it means running from U-M clinic to clinic, or making repeated trips to Ann Arbor to meet with the various doctors, Southworth believes these families deserve better.

U-M’s doctors, nurses, and care team members have a culture of wanting to do a better job of caring for our families. In the case of children with solid tumors, caregivers wanted to not only improve the overall care of the patient, but also make it more convenient and less WORK for families.

Read more on the multidisciplinary Solid Tumor Oncology Program created to coordinate a child’s care, and Southworth’s role in empowering families with knowledge about treating their child’s solid tumor.