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Support OPACC on GivingTuesday

Did you know that Tuesday, December 2nd is GivingTuesday? GivingTuesday is a new Canadian movement for giving and volunteering. Just as Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season, GivingTuesday is the opening day of the giving season - a global day of giving and a time to celebrate and encourage activities that support charities and non-profits. Most people know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday ... now GivingTuesday is coming to Canada - a new day for giving on December 2, 2014. Read more about it at: You can help support OPACC on GivingTuesday by: 1. Donating online through CanadaHelps. Visit our GivingTuesday profile page and click the "Donate Now" button

Childhood eye cancer does not pose cognitive or social problems in adulthood

Retinoblastoma is a rare type of eye cancer that typically develops in children under 5 years of age. It has a 5-year survival rate exceeding 95%, but until now, little has been known about long-term functional outcomes for these patients. Now, a new study finds that they have few cognitive or social setbacks in adulthood. Read more:

Progress in Cambridge research into childhood cancers

Research published recently by a team from the University of Cambridge and Addenbrooke’s Hospital has illustrated the potential of a non-invasive method of diagnosis for several childhood cancers. Read more:

Childhood cancer treatments can result in a host of chronic illnesses

The American Cancer Society states that between 1975 and 2010, childhood cancer mortality fell by a staggering 50 per cent. Today, of the roughly 600 childhood cancers diagnosed in Australia each year, 80 per cent can expect to survive, thanks to remarkable medical advances in diagnosis and treatment. However, the cure comes at a cost. The Children's Cancer Institute of Australia has found that one in 900 people between the ages of 16 and 45 is a cancer survivor, with up to 70 per cent of long-term survivors experiencing a host of chronic illnesses related to their original cancer treatment. Read more:

Childhood brain tumors affect identity in adulthood: Swedish study

Patients who have been treated for cancer of the central nervous system (CNS) (or brain tumors) in childhood or adolescence can show affected self-perception and self-identity in adulthood, according to latest study by the Karolinska Institutet. Read more here:

Racial, Demographic Disparities Exist in Follow-Up Care for Childhood Cancer Survivors

Hispanic childhood cancer survivors are less likely to receive follow-up care later in life than white survivors, according to a new study; leukemia and lymphoma were the most common childhood cancers in the study. Read more at:

Childhood Cancer Awareness Post September 2014

Two years ago I wrote a piece about the overall funding allocation from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for childhood cancer specific research. My piece was critical of the lack of significant financial investment for childhood cancer research. To many in the childhood cancer community, the overall slice of the pie simply was and still is not sufficient in light of the fact that childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of children. Read more here:

Classification of gene mutations in a children's cancer may point to improved treatments

Oncology researchers studying gene mutations in the childhood cancer neuroblastoma are refining their diagnostic tools to predict which patients are more likely to respond to drugs called ALK inhibitors that target such mutations. Removing some of the guesswork in diagnosis and treatment, the researchers say, may lead to more successful outcomes for children with this often-deadly cancer. Read more here:

Unlocking the Secrets of Pediatric Cancers Can Help Doctors Treat Children and Adults

The fact that childhood cancer is, thankfully, a rare disease belies the fact that it is the leading cause of disease-related death in U.S. children, age 1-19. The fact that it is a rare disease also belies the fact the number of people with a direct stake in expanding research into pediatric cancer is quite large and extends well beyond the small number of children with cancer and their families. Not only are the combined life-long contributions of children cured of cancer enormous, but understanding cancers of young children could also hold the key to understanding a broad range of adult cancers. The time is ripe to allocate more resources, public and private, to research on pediatric canc

Seattle Children’s Begins Recruiting Patients for Immunotherapy Research Trial for Neuroblastoma, On

Seattle Children’s today announced the opening of patient enrollment for its new cellular immunotherapy clinical research trial designed to induce remission in children suffering from neuroblastoma, one of the deadliest forms of childhood cancer. Read more here:[status]=3&search[sort]=date+desc&search[section]=10&search[has_multimedia]=

Cancer cell fingerprints in the blood may speed up childhood cancer diagnosis

Newly-identified cancer cell fingerprints in the blood could one day help doctors diagnose a range of children’s cancers faster and more accurately, according to research presented at the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Cancer Conference (link is external) next week. Read more here:

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