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THANK YOU FOR PLAYING is a documentary about Ryan Green, an indie video game developer who's building a poetic and artful video game called “That Dragon, Cancer” about his terminally-ill son, Joel. The film had its International Premiere at Hot Docs Film Festival this week at TIFF Bell Lightbox 2, with more screenings during the week. Learn about the film at Buy tickets here (tickets still available for Saturday, May 2nd):… About the film: When Ryan and Amy Green learned that their baby son Joel’s rare cancer was terminal, they were devastated. Searching for a way to explore his feelings, Ryan, an in

High radiotherapy dose improves prospects for children with brain cancer

Two studies to be presented today (Sunday) at the 3rd ESTRO Forum in Barcelona, Spain, show that increasing the dose of radiotherapy given to children with an intracranial ependymoma, a form of cancer of the central nervous system, can significantly improve their survival. Read more here:

CAR T-Cell Therapy Surpasses 90% Complete Remission Rate in Pediatric ALL

The chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy JCAR017 elicited a 91% complete remission rate in pediatric patients with relapsed/refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), according to results from a phase I trial presented at the 2015 AACR Annual Meeting. See more at:

Children Who Survive Cancer Live With Pain and Anxiety

The number of adults who have survived childhood cancer in the United States has increased—but they face chronic health problems related to their treatment. Read more here:

Preliminary analysis confirms birth defect-cancer association

Children with birth defects have been shown to have an increased risk of developing cancer, and preliminary findings from a large record-linkage study not only confirm and better define the risk, but also demonstrate the value of such studies for identifying new risk factors for childhood cancer, according to Philip J. Lupo, Ph.D. Read more here:

Legal Barriers to Fertility Preservation for Minors with Cancer

It is hard enough that any person ever goes through cancer. But compounding that difficult circumstance is that the life-saving treatment options can render those with cancer infertile. Fortunately, there are fertility preservation options available including removing and freezing egg and sperm. The frozen specimens can later be thawed and used to start a family. However, these options are not always possible or suitable for children. Read more here:

Surviving Childhood Cancer: A 20 year reflection

In part one of his engaging life reflection, Dr. Ted Sibley recounts his early years as a teen unexpectedly hit with a cancer diagnosis. Twenty years later, he's still feeling the effects. Read more here: In Part Two of his engaging life reflection, things are looking up for Dr. Sibley. He falls in love and chooses a career in medicine, then the unthinkable happens. Read more here: In Part Three of his engaging life reflection, Dr. Sibley is forced to come to terms with the fact that cancer is never over, but will be a part of his and his family's life forever. Find out h

Commentary – Survivors of Childhood Cancer in the United States: Prevalence and Burden of Morbidity

Estimates of the overall 5-year survival rates for childhood cancers have steadily increased since the 1970s and are currently over 80% . While increased survival rates are promising, cancer treatments don’t just kill cancer cells, they also kill normal healthy tissue cells. Thus, individuals diagnosed with cancer as children (ages 0-19 years) have an increased risk of adverse health and quality of life outcomes compared to individuals of the same age without a cancer history. Read more here:

Late Effects: One Survivor’s Experience

In 1978 I was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma to my left chest wall. At that time, Ewing’s was almost uniformly fatal. Rather than let the cancer run its course, my parents chose to pursue experimental treatment hoping against the odds that the treatment would rid me of the cancer. I have enjoyed 36 years with no evidence of disease. [...] In these 36 years, I have also shouldered a myriad of health risks directly related to the very treatment that saved my life back in the late 70′s, early 80′s. Read more here:

New pediatric cancer drug shows promising results for Austin boy

A new cancer treatment for children recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration is just the third pediatric cancer drug OK’d in two decades, and some of the trials happened in Austin. Rex Ryan, 3, participated in the clinical trial for the drug called Unituxin, which treats neuroblastoma — a type of cancer in the nerve cells. It usually appears in children 5 years old and younger. Read more here:

Pulmonary-Toxic Therapies Linked with Defects in Childhood Cancer

Childhood cancer survivors who have been exposed to therapies that cause pulmonary dysfunction are associated with more restrictive defects and diffusion abnormalities, according to a study published online first in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Read more here:

Eric Hoskins promises remedy to high hospital parking fees in Ontario

Health Minister Eric Hoskins says he will “very soon” have a remedy for the exorbitant charges that ail patients and visitors alike. Read more here:

Number of childhood cancer survivors increasing, most have morbidities

The prevalence of childhood cancer survivors is estimated to have increased, and the majority of those who have survived five or more years beyond diagnosis may have at least one chronic health condition. The study was published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. Read more here:

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