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Genetic Variant Linked to Nerve-related Side Effects from Childhood ALL Treatment

A genome-wide association study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association describes a regulatory variant that appears to dial up the risk of adverse outcomes in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia who are treated with the anti-cancer drug vincristine. Read more here:

Enter the Dragons: Imagine Dragons and Childhood Cancer

It may surprise people not directly impacted by childhood cancer to learn that as a disease population children diagnosed with cancer and their families struggle immeasurably in comparison to that of other adult disease populations. Read more here:

Model predicts bloodstream infection risk in febrile pediatric cancer patients

A diagnostic model accurately predicted the probability of bloodstream infections among clinically stable, febrile pediatric oncology patients, according to a recent study. Read more here:

CPAC looking for Communications Volunteers

New Call for Applications for volunteering with the Partnership A new call for applications for Communications Volunteers is now underway to expand the Partnership’s volunteer engagement and to attract a broader group of volunteers with a personal connection to cancer from across Canada. Communications Volunteers are needed for the following roles: - Sharing your story as a patient/caregiver (annual report, websites, or with the media). - Becoming a social media “champion”. - Supporting the Partnership’s presence at conference booths. - Speaking at Partnership events. How ? If you are interested in volunteering, please click below to download the application form and send it to info@par

Million Dollar Smiles 2015 Bearhug Program

OPACC is collecting registrations on behalf of the Million Dollar Smiles 2015 Bearhug Program. Million Dollar Smiles is a non-profit organization which exists to put smiles on faces of children facing major challenges in their everyday lives. The Bearhug Program distributes free 4′ tall teddy bears and $100 Toys R Us gift cards around the Christmas holidays; this year’s event date will be on Saturday, December 12th. Please fill out this form and we will forward your information to Million Dollar Smiles (by submitting this form, you give permission to OPACC to disclose this personal information to Million Dollar Smiles): Parents will be contacted by Mill

Group finds new method for identifying most aggressive childhood cancers

A research group has found a new way to identify the most malignant tumors in children. The method involves studying genetic micro-variation, rather than the presence of individual mutations. Read more here:

Survivors of childhood cancer at risk for developing hormone deficiencies as adults

Decades after undergoing cranial irradiation for childhood cancer, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital investigators found that adult survivors of pediatric cancer remain at risk for pituitary hormone deficiencies that may diminish their health and quality of life. The findings appear in the February 10 edition of the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Read more here:

ICCD 2015

Sunday, February 15th is ICCD 2015 (International Childhood Cancer Day) International Childhood Cancer Day is a global collaborative campaign to raise awareness about childhood cancer, and to express support for children and adolescents with cancer, the survivors and their families. The day promotes increased appreciation and deeper understanding of issues and challenges relevant to childhood cancer and impacting on children/adolescents with cancer, the survivors, their families and the society as a whole. It also spotlights the need for more equitable and better access to treatment and care for all children with cancer, everywhere. How you can help raise awareness of childhood cancer on ICC

B.C. childhood cancer survivors to receive specialized help

The provincial government has announced a program to provide special services to adult survivors of childhood cancer — many of whom were unaware they could develop life-threatening illnesses as a result of the aggressive radiation and chemotherapy they received as children. Read more here:

DIPG: The hope and promise of a homerun cure

What if by curing one type of childhood cancer, you could find a cure for many other forms of cancer? What if by curing one type of childhood cancer, you could cure all cancer? The “homerun cure.” Read more here:

Children's Cancer Therapy Development Institute: A New Attempt at Bridge-Building for Childhood

For children diagnosed with cancer, the number one cause of death by disease in the United States, amazing progress has been made over the course of the past thirty to forty years. Thankfully the result is that for many children with cancer there are effective treatments and protocols, and five-year survival statistics have increased dramatically. Unfortunately, for one in five children with cancer, overall survival numbers for those specific cancers have stagnated with little to no improvement. Read more here:

Higher Birthweight Linked to Increased Childhood Cancer Risk

Studies exploring potential prenatal risk factors for childhood leukaemia have consistently found that children with the disease have higher birthweights than children who do not, and it is now widely accepted that the faster a foetus grows, the higher the risk of developing leukaemia in childhood. Read more here:

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