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Exercise Reduced Cardiovascular Events in Survivors of Childhood Lymphoma

Survivors of childhood Hodgkin lymphoma who went on to regularly complete vigorous exercise had a lower risk of cardiovascular events, independent of their cardiovascular risk profile, than those survivors who did not exercise regularly. Read more at: http://www.cancernetwork.com/hematologic-malignancies/exercise-reduced-cardiovascular-events-survivors-childhood-lymphoma#sthash.0u45QqkH.dpuf

Pediatric Brain Tumor Research: Unique Challenges and Opportunities

Pediatric brain cancer touches people's lives in a unique way. "When a tumor grows in the brain it threatens to affect the core of the self," said Dr. Sarah Leary, a physician at Seattle Children's Hospital. "The brain is the center of who we are, and it can't be removed and replaced." Couple this integral location with the fact that it's a cancer arising in children, and it's even more disturbing. The apparent randomness in the incidence of pediatric brain cancers clashes with our sense of justice and fairness. While we can look to an aging smoker who develops lung cancer and point to a lifetime of inhaling carcinogens as a causal factor, no such rationale exists with pediatric cancers. How

Childhood cancer treatment could increase risk of breast cancer

In a new study, researchers found that patients receiving chest radiation to treat Wilms tumor - a rare form of childhood kidney cancer - had an increased risk of future breast cancer. Read more here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/284389.php

Researchers identify new target for treating childhood cancers

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have uncovered a new target for drugs that could battle a lethal childhood cancer known as neuroblastoma. Read more here: http://www.healthcanal.com/cancers/56590-researchers-identify-new-target-for-treating-childhood-cancers.html

Kids' life-saving cancer treatments can be fatal in adulthood

They're survivors that beat the odds as children, fighting cancer and winning. But what was once the cure is now the culprit. That same life-saving treatment could kill them later in life. But researchers in Texas are trying to prevent that from happening. Read more here: http://www.wndu.com/news/specialreports/headlines/Life-saving-cancer-treatments-for-kids-can-be-fatal-in-adulthood-279465992.html

Inside Ride 2014

Update 10/23/14: The event raised just over $12,000 for our families! If you would still like to support us, the fundraising site (link below) remains open and accepting donations until the end of the year – it’s not too late to help! Congratulations to the top teams who won medals for Best Team Spirit (Playdium PlayMasters), Best Team Costume (MDS Angels), Top Team Mileage (Mississauga Chargers), and the Top Fundraising Team (Sarina’s Superheros)! Many thanks to all of our wonderful teams and cyclists, volunteers, and Ambassador Families who came out to support us! Also, to the great guys of the Mississauga Chargers hockey team for coming out to volunteer and going the extra mile by even

Importance of balanced diet and physical activity during and after cancer treatment in adolescent pa

Adolescents diagnosed with cancer are at increased risk for current and future health problems and premature death. As such, it is important to foster the development of health-promoting behaviors that may ameliorate some of this risk. Read more here: http://www.oncologynurseadvisor.com/importance-of-balanced-diet-and-physical-activity-during-and-after-cancer-treatment-in-adolescent-patients/article/375946/

Top iPad apps at Sick Kids

Click link below to view a list of the top iPad apps approved and used by the Child Life Department at Sick Kids and recommended by them based on frequent use with patients and families! See list here.

A discovery could prevent the development of brain tumours in children

Scientists at the IRCM discovered a mechanism that promotes the progression of medulloblastoma, the most common brain tumour found in children. The team, led by Frédéric Charron, PhD, found that a protein known as Sonic Hedgehog induces DNA damage, which causes the cancer to develop. This important breakthrough will be published in the October 13 issue of the prestigious scientific journal Developmental Cell. Read more here: http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1421940/a-discovery-could-prevent-the-development-of-brain-tumours-in-children-researchers-at-the-ircm-show-that-a-protein-called-sonic-hedgehog-causes-dna-da

FDA grants orphan drug designation for neuroblastoma vaccine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted orphan drug designation for a neuroblastoma vaccine from MabVax Therapeutics, providing development incentive with market exclusivity of the novel treatment for children with this deadly childhood cancer. Read more here: http://www.news-medical.net/news/20141006/FDA-grants-orphan-drug-designation-for-neuroblastoma-vaccine.aspx

New imaging technique provides hope for deadly childhood cancer

Cancer Research UK’s Centre for Drug Development (CDD), in collaboration with the Rising Tide Foundation, a Swiss-based non-profit organisation which funds innovative cancer trials, today announce a new trial at The Royal Marsden and University College London that could revolutionise how children with one of the deadliest forms of cancer are diagnosed. Read more here: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-us/cancer-news/press-release/2014-09-30-new-imaging-technique-provides-hope-for-deadly-childhood-cancer

Free Education Day for families at SIOP Congress

The SIOP Congress in Toronto - the largest annual paediatric cancer meeting in the world - is hosting a free Education Day for parents and families on Wednesday, October 22nd from 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The location will be Conference Rooms B&C at the Sheraton Centre Toronto hotel located at 123 Queen Street West. Please note that OPACC's very own Parent Liaison, Susan Kuczynski, will be presenting during the Parents/Survivors Abstract Oral Presentations session between 3:30-5 p.m.! Schedule: 8:30-9 a.m. Workshop #1 Invited Speaker (Chairs: Ruth Hoffman, Simon Lala) Dr. Ronald Barr, MD, Canada: The Needs of Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA) with Cancer: Are These Being Met and How? An Intern

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