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New DNA technology may improve the treatment of aggressive childhood cancer

Neuroblastoma, a form of cancer, is the most common childhood tumour outside of the brain, and the one that has been the most difficult to treat. Researchers have now been able, using high-resolution DNA technology, to develop a new method for analysing the genes that cause relapses into this disease. Their results are presented in the scientific journal Journal of Clinical Oncology. Read more here: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-07-dna-technology-treatment-aggressive-childhood.html

Look for nephrotoxicity in adult survivors of childhood cancer

Adult survivors of childhood cancer treated with high-dose cisplatin or high-dose ifosfamide are at markedly increased risk for chronic renal impairment, according to a large Dutch study with a median 18.3-year follow-up. Read more here: http://www.oncologypractice.com/oncologyreport/news/news/single-article/look-for-nephrotoxicity-in-adult-survivors-of-childhood-cancer/a79bab92e16f77014306e3c36ceb67b9.html

Cause of rare childhood cancer discovered

Scientists have made a breakthrough in understanding the cause of a rare childhood muscle cancer, called Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS). Read more here: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-07-rare-childhood-cancer.html

The Consequences of Curing Childhood Cancer

The majority of American children with cancer will be cured, but it may leave them unable to have children of their own. Should preserving fertility in cancer survivors be a research priority? Read more here: http://www.psmag.com/navigation/nature-and-technology/consequences-curing-childhood-cancer-86748/

Study tests whether dog visits can ease stress of young cancer patients

A group of young patients at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is part of a nationwide study that examines the effects of animal-assisted therapy on patients, their families and therapy dogs. Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/07/24/6581337/study-tests-whether-dog-visits.html#storylink=cpy

Addressing Gynecologic Concerns in Young Cancer Patients

Young cancer patients and survivors may have gynecologic concerns, which should be managed before, during, and after treatment, according to a Committee Opinion published in the August issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Read more here: http://www.empr.com/addressing-gynecologic-concerns-in-young-cancer-patients/article/362620/

Pediatric ALL Protocols Have Low Risk of Late Effects

Long-term outcomes of patients treated for pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) with modern treatment protocols are good, with an overall low risk for serious long-term side effects, according to the results of report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study cohort. Read more at: http://www.cancernetwork.com/hematologic-malignancies/pediatric-all-protocols-have-low-risk-late-effects#sthash.XMsdOLbI.dpuf

‘Virtual visits’ help reduce stress for kids in hospital

The ability to video chat with family and friends might help relieve stress among some kids who have been admitted to hospitals, according to a new study. Read more here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/virtual-visits-help-reduce-stress-for-kids-in-hospital/article19403592/

Freezing testicle tissue in mice offers fertility hope

Children are increasingly surviving childhood cancers, but the treatment leaves many of them unable to have children of their own. Older boys who have reached puberty can have their sperm frozen and banked; younger boys haven't had that option. Now, a new study in mice suggests it may someday be possible for these younger boys to have a small amount of tissue from their testicles preserved before treatment, defrosted years later and used to generate sperm cells. Read more here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/07/01/frozen-testicle-tissue-mice-fertility/11895945/

Risks for Development of Secondary Thyroid Cancer Identified

Thyroid carcinomas account for almost 10% of all second malignant neoplasms. This study assessed a variety of risk factors for the development of a secondary thyroid cancer (STC) among childhood cancer survivors (CCS; aged 0-19 years). Read more here: http://www.clinicaloncology.com/ViewArticle.aspx?d=Solid%2BTumors&d_id=148&i=June+2014&i_id=1070&a_id=27695

Pediatric cancer survivors face lifetime of health challenges

Thanks to better treatments, more people are surviving cancer. But those treatments come with a downside: Survivors, especially those who got sick as children, are at greater risk for other significant health issues later. The NewsHour's Cat Wise profiles a clinic at the University of California, San Francisco that specializes in caring for survivors of pediatric cancer and studying their long-term health. See video here (8:14 minutes long): http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/pediatric-cancer-survivors-face-lifetime-health-challenges/

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