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Gene likely to promote childhood cancers pinpointed

Researchers have identified a gene that contributes to the development of several childhood cancers, in a study conducted with mice designed to model the cancers. If the findings prove to be applicable to humans, the research could lead to new strategies for targeting certain childhood cancers at a molecular level. Read more here: http://www.oncologynurseadvisor.com/gene-likely-to-promote-childhood-cancers-pinpointed/article/368317/

Two Mothers, One Prayer book

On September 3rd, OPACC will receive $5 from every sale of the book “Two Mothers, One Prayer”! Simply visit www.twomothersoneprayer.com on Sept. 3rd and enter code “CCAM-OPACC” in the comments section when placing your order. Each book is only $20 ($15 + $5 shipping)! The book is about the journey of two mothers, one in Canada and one in the U.S., whose 12 year old daughters, Celeste and Hayley, were both diagnosed with Pineoblastoma (a type of brain tumour) in 2011. Sadly, Celeste passed away in 2013. Hayley is bravely enduring more treatments. This inspiring book of hope, strength, and courage chronicles the story of the two families in order to help other parents whose children have cance

Funding go-ahead for research into fatal children's brain cancer

A new research project testing new drugs on the deadliest form of childhood brain cancer has been given the green light, in what could lead to major breakthroughs in treatment options for sufferers. Researchers at the Children's Cancer Institute plan to test potential new drug treatments on diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) tumour models to see if they are effective in shrinking tumours. Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/funding-goahead-for-research-into-fatal-childrens-brain-cancer-20140825-1077er.html#ixzz3BVnPyd2G

Healing Teenage Cancer’s Scars

The teenage years can be tough enough under the best of circumstances. But when cancer invades an adolescent’s life, the challenges grow exponentially. Read more here: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/08/25/healing-teenage-cancers-scars/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

Wanted: Parent Readers!

We are in the process of enhancing our parent resources/health records binders that our Parent Liaisons give out to new families. One of our parents has kindly put together a couple of guides to include in the binders - one directed at parents and the other for friends and family. As these are evolving documents, if anyone is interested in helping to review, edit, and add suggestions to them, we will gladly send you a copy of the documents for your feedback. Our intent is to gather all the feedback by the end of the year and then bring all of our "readers" together to go over all of the suggestions and finalize everything. If you're interested in participating in this project, please send us

Drinking Coffee During Pregnancy Raises Childhood Leukemia Risk Up To 70 Percent: Caffeine May Alter

According to a recent study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, drinking more than two cups of coffee a day during pregnancy increases an unborn baby’s risk of childhood leukemia by 60 percent. More than that, and the risk rises to over 70 percent. Read more here: http://www.medicaldaily.com/drinking-coffee-during-pregnancy-raises-childhood-leukemia-risk-70-percent-caffeine-may-298668

Obesity, reduced gonadal function linked in men surviving childhood cancer

In boys who have survived cancer, obesity was linked with gonadal dysfunction independent of the effects of treatments previously undergone for the disease, according to research published in Obesity. Read more here: http://www.healio.com/endocrinology/pediatric-endocrinology/news/online/%7B63f96bed-f449-4679-8320-e06ddf3512cc%7D/obesity-reduced-gonadal-function-linked-in-men-surviving-childhood-cancer

Boosting Fertility in Child Cancer Survivors

According to numerous studies, there is a much greater chance of infertility for girl cancer survivors who have undergone treatment. However, using guidelines first developed more than two decades ago, these girls may now have new hope. Read more here: http://www.newsonwellness.com/2014/08/boosting-fertility-in-child-cancer-survivors/

Childhood cancer survivors do not adhere to American Cancer Society's guidelines on healthy livi

Having survived cancer as a child does not necessarily have a ripple effect that makes people lead a healthier lifestyle once they grow up. In fact, in a report derived from a National Cancer Institute-funded study of childhood cancer survivors known as the Chicago Healthy Living Study, investigators found that childhood cancer survivors in no way adhere more closely to guidelines on healthy eating than their cancer-free peers. The findings are published in Springer's Journal of Cancer Survivorship. Read more here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/280997.php

Cardiac Risks Are High in Childhood Cancer Survivors

One in four survivors of childhood cancer will develop coronary artery disease (CAD) and/or cardiomyopathy by age 50, according to a report presented at the 2014 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Read more here: http://www.painmedicinenews.com/ViewArticle.aspx?d=Web%2BExclusives&d_id=244&i=August+2014&i_id=1092&a_id=27969

After Childhood Cancer, Young Women's Sexual Health May Suffer

Adult women who survived cancer as a child report having less sex, less interest, less desire and less satisfaction than their sisters who never had cancer, according to a new study. Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/r-after-childhood-cancer-young-womens-sexual-health-may-suffer-2014-12#ixzz3AD6HMTcY

CRI researchers identify gene linked to several childhood cancers

Researchers at the Children-s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern (CRI) have identified a gene that contributes to the development of several childhood cancers, in a study conducted with mice designed to model the cancers. If the findings prove to be applicable to humans, the research could lead to new strategies for targeting certain childhood cancers at a molecular level. Read more here: http://www.news-medical.net/news/20140811/CRI-researchers-identify-gene-linked-to-several-childhood-cancers.aspx

Noninvasive tool identified high coronary artery disease burden in childhood cancer survivors

Coronary CT angiography identified coronary artery disease in a high percentage of adult survivors of childhood Hodgkin’s lymphoma, according to study results. Read more here: http://www.healio.com/hematology-oncology/hematologic-malignancies/news/online/%7Bf1d754c0-e41a-4505-898d-cd47445977cc%7D/noninvasive-tool-identified-high-coronary-artery-disease-burden-in-childhood-cancer-survivors

Study shows pet therapy may help childhood cancer patients

More than 13,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year, and many of them have to endure painful treatments that trigger stress, anxiety and depression. Researchers are studying a drug-free, inexpensive way to help them feel better. Read more here: http://www.wtvm.com/story/26227664/news-9-md

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