Battling brain cancer
Fall 2016 By Michelle Koidin Jaffee –
Elias Sayour spent years working toward becoming a pediatric oncologist so he could help kids fight cancer. He always imagined taking care of patients; he didn’t think research was really his thing.
But as a fellow in training, Sayour was struck — overwhelmed, really — by two aspects of his work: One was the toxicity of current treatments and the toll they took, with young children suffering the effects of systemic chemotherapy and radiation on their developing brains and surgeries that invariably removed portions of brain tissue along with tumors.