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Best-in-the-world researchers work to conquer childhood cancer at St. Jude

Dr. Vicki Frohlich (Source: WMC Action News 5) Dr. Vicki Frohlich (Source: WMC Action News 5)
Research being done at St. Jude (Source: WMC Action News 5) Research being done at St. Jude (Source: WMC Action News 5)

One of the key components of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is the research.

As many as 7,800 patients are treated each year at St. Jude. For every success story you hear about, there are hundreds of unsung heroes behind the scenes, like Dr. Vicki Frohlich.  

Dr. Frohlich is the director of light microscopy at St. Jude. The tiny discoveries she and her staff make often have an impact around the world.  

“We are one little cog in the whole mechanism, but I like to think we are an important cog,” Dr. Frohlich said.  

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The research department resources and facilities at St. Jude are truly state-of-the-art. They are designed to expand what research groups are typically capable of doing, and in turn, share that information with colleagues around the globe.

“I get to work on projects that deal with cancer and infectious diseases, neurobiology, basic cell biology, and answer questions that ultimately will benefit the patients both at St. Jude and their affiliated hospitals,” said Dr. Frohlich.

Dr. Frohlich’s expertise is often used to help analyze how certain drugs affect cancers and other infections. The equipment she works with is top of the line and comes with hefty price tags.

“We are very aware of where the dollars are coming from: our donors,” Dr. Frohlich said. “And so we want to spend our money wisely and make the right choices to support the research that’s ongoing.”

St. Jude researchers follow patients for 10 or more years after active treatment ends. That is the largest long-term follow-up clinic for childhood
cancer patients in the U.S.

It’s a patient commitment that carries over into all aspects of St. Jude, whether it's research development or a meal shared between families and the scientists working to save lives.

“That’s a concept that’s not universally found at institutions, and to think it was started by our founder Danny Thomas at a time when there was so much segregation in this country--he was a very forward thinking, very compassionate individual,” Dr. Frohlich said. “And it shows here in what’s done at St. Jude.”

Everybody inside St. Jude’s doors are working for one purpose.

“We are all here for the kids,” Dr. Frohlich said. “That’s the bottom line.”

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