by Kali Aldrich
“My power is to cure animals,” said Lorea Lacaro. This idea was brought about when Mayo Clinic staff saw it on social media. Radiologists in Europe were making treatment masks for their patients. “So it starts off as like a hard piece of plastic, and then we put it in a warm water bath. When we make them, it becomes really soft and pliable. We just drape it over the child’s face. It takes about five minutes for it to harden up,” said radiologist Jennifer Dewessee. The masks may look different on the outside, but they give patients a different kind of feeling on the inside.
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Context: Treatment for brain tumors in children is typically quite different from treatment for adult brain tumors. As part of the Mayo Clinic Children's Center, pediatric specialists in Mayo's Pediatric Brain Tumor Clinic work together as a multispecialty team to deliver the most effective personalized treatment plan children.