Helping ease the pain of kids with cancer

July 7, 2009 3:16:46 PM PDT
The youngest cancer patients are getting a break from their treatment, and learning lessons in the process. Samantha Russo is only 12, but she's into food and cooking.

She loves sharing her recipes with other kids.

New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital is where kids with cancer are getting and, in Samantha's case, they're giving cooking lessons. It's part of the hospital's integrative approach.

Besides cooking lessons, children get to ease their pain in other ways.

As kids get their chemo, they can also get acupuncture, massage, even aromatherapy.

It's a therapeutic touch and then they're able to get through their day a little better.

Perhaps they're less anxious, which brings us back to the food demo.

Lessons that can help improve their lives.

Samantha never expected to be giving cooking lessons in between chemo sessions, but it seems to be doing her good.

"I didn't think it would work at first but it really has been helping me," she said.

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