Day in the Life: Dr. Kolb

dr-kolb-3E. Anders Kolb, MD is a pediatric oncologist at Nemours/ Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware. Dr. Kolb Goes MOM on Cancer every day striving to provide his patients with the best possible care. He loves getting to know his patients and their families and will stop at nothing to be the best doctor he can.  CureSearch recently caught up with him to learn more about why he chose pediatric oncology medicine.

Q:  What drew you to pediatric oncology?

A:  I have always felt a passion for science and medicine, but I was drawn to pediatric oncology because of the highly personal care that is given to each patient and family. I enjoy getting to know patients on a personal level, while guiding them through the challenging experience of
cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Q:  What is the hardest part of being a doctor?

A:  When I have to deliver bad news, it breaks my heart. I try to make it as comforting as possible and help patients and families get through the experience. Sharing bad news in a manner that is understandable and informative is imperative. It is also very difficult. But, these experiences have molded me as a physician and person and I am grateful to all my patients and their families for that.

Q:  What is your favorite part of working in pediatric oncology?

A:  Whenever I talk to people outside of the cancer world, they remark on how difficult it must be to work with children. While I agree that it is challenging, the joy that I get from taking care of kids is immeasurable. I believe that how we take care of our kids is a real reflection of who we are as a society, so I try to give the best care I can, every day.

I had one patient in particular who wanted to go skydiving. We had to pull a lot of strings to put together the trip, but we were able to in the end with a lot of help from the community. I was a surprised and a bit scared when he asked me to go with him. In the end I decided to go. The courage he showed every day in fighting his cancer was nothing compared to the courage I needed to fall from a plane. Our children push us in ways that are unexpected and amazing.

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