St. Jude Patient Care Isn’t About Black Or White

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(Memphis) At St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, work crews place a grey coat of paint in front of the Danny Thomas ALSAC Pavilion.

But a new study says the hospital doesn't see things in terms of color, especially black in white, when it comes to patient care.

Memphis hair designer and downtown business owner De'Andre Green knows about the treatment offered at St. Jude.

Green said, "I've had personal experience. My daughter has been treated at St. Jude and they did an excellent job. I don't think it's about race."

An expansive new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology looked at survival rates among black and white cancer patients at several U.S. hospitals.

It shows nationally there's a survival gap between the races.

But the study found that African-American and white patients fare equally well at St. Jude.

Dr. Ching-Hon Pui is chairman of St. Jude's Oncology Department.

Pui said, "I was disappointed by the national results showing black and white children with cancer continue to have a survival gap, but I'm encouraged with the St. Jude results showing the survival gap can be overcome."

He says the success at St. Jude dates back to its founder Danny Thomas.

Pui said, "Danny Thomas's vision that no child should die in the dawn of life continues to remind us that we have to work on this everyday."

Lynn Stanger's daughter, Audrey, had a baseball size tumor, but St. Jude doctors found a drug to shrink it. She says the work at St. Jude is not about black or white.

Stanger said, "They take care us as parents. They take especially good care of the children as if they were their own child."

Audrey Stanger agrees.

Audrey Stanger said, "It's really fun here and I think I have great doctors."