Annual Report: Georgia's Story

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Georgia Brady of Cedar City was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) at the age of 16 months in 2014. ALL is the most common childhood cancer. In this condition, the bone marrow produces cancerous white blood cells. Thanks to medical advances, the five-year survival rate has skyrocketed from less than 10 percent in the 1960s to more than 85 percent today, according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Still, treatment commonly lasts more than two years and is a strain for children and their families.

Thankfully, after receiving initial treatment at Primary Children’s in Salt Lake City, Georgia is now able to receive most of her ongoing treatment close to home. A clinical team, led by Elizabeth Raetz, MD, pediatric hematologist and oncologist at Primary Children’s, coordinates care with Georgia’s pediatrician based in St. George, Martin Nygaard, MD.

Dr. Raetz says a spirit of cooperation is core to Primary Children’s culture. Delivering complex care takes a team of providers, and Primary’s has effective relationships with pediatricians in the community.

Read and watch Georgia’s story at https://intermountainhealthcare.org/annual-report-2015/primary-childrens-team-care/.

Discover more stories and key information in Intermountain’s complete interactive online Annual Report to the Community at https://intermountainhealthcare.org/annual-report-2015/.