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The Balancing Act: Siblings dealing with childhood cancer

When our 2 year old son was diagnosed with brain cancer, a dear doctor friend, asked how our other children were handling the new diagnosis. When I expressed concern that we were seeing lots of anxiety and some other issues of sadness and anger, our friend uttered a truth that I had never thought about before, “When one member of the family has cancer, you all have cancer.” Read more here:

Continued Monitoring Helps Young Cancer Survivors Avoid Risks

Children diagnosed with cancer are living longer, better lives. But the very treatments that help them dance into adulthood can also put them at risk later in life. Dr. Youmna Othman, a pediatric oncologist with Topeka's Stormont-Vail Cancer Center, says young cancer survivors must be monitored to see what impact various chemotherapy drugs, radiations and surgeries had on their bodies. Read more here:

Childhood cancer effects can be felt much later

The National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health notes three key factors that can affect a child’s risk of developing late effects. Read more here:

Two New Possible Treatments That Will Kill Cancer Cells

Killing tumor cells is the core of treating cancer and two new studies have unique approaches that cause those deadly cells to self-destruct. Read more here:

Teddy Bear Fair

Attention OPACC families! The Children’s Cancer Recovery Project would like to invite you and your family as our guest to attend this year’s Teddy Bear Fair. Teddy Bear Fair will include a Teddy Bear Clinic, wagon rides, a Magic Show, games, crafts, balloon artist and a Teddy Bear Vendor Village where you can choose to shop for some treats! If you are interested, please register with OPACC for your complimentary tickets by July 3rd, 2015. Please complete information below (by submitting this form, you give permission to OPACC to disclose this personal information to the Cancer Recovery Foundation of Canada): Once we receive your online form, we will sen

Parenthood for Childhood Hodgkin Lymphoma Survivors

Women who were diagnosed with and treated for Hodgkin lymphoma during childhood and adolescence had similar rates of post-treatment parenthood as that of the general female population, according to the results of a German study published in Lancet Oncology. Read more here:

Study explains how early childhood vaccination reduces leukemia risk

A team led by UCSF researchers has discovered how a commonly administered vaccine protects against acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common type of childhood cancer. Read more here:

The future lies in alternative cancer therapies

Dr. Cairo acknowledges that chemotherapy is standard protocol in most cancer cases. It's been particularly effective in children: Pediatric cancers tend to respond better to chemo, and overall, youngsters tolerate chemo drugs better than adults. Even so, Cairo insists that the future lies in alternative therapies with a less toxic effect on the body. Read more here:

First cancer-promoting oncogenes discovered in rare brain tumor of children and adults

Researchers have identified three genes that play a pivotal role in the brain tumor choroid plexus carcinoma (CPC), a discovery that lays the groundwork for more effective treatment of this rare, often fatal cancer. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists led the study, which appears today in the journal Cancer Cell. Read more here:

Childhood Cancer and Treatments Have Lasting Sexual Effects

Young-adult survivors express problems and concerns, but get little professional guidance. Childhood cancers and their treatment often have long-lasting effects on patient's sexuality and sexual function, results of a small survey suggested. Read more here:

Certain treatments for childhood cancer may increase obesity risk later in life

Childhood cancer survivors - especially those whose treatment included brain irradiation or chemotherapy with glucocorticoids - are 14 percent more likely to be obese than their healthy peers. The St. Jude Children's Research Hospital study appears today in the journal Cancer. Read more here:

New research sheds light on the spread of deadly childhood cancer

New research from the BC Cancer Agency has shed some light on a rare but deadly form of childhood cancer. Doctors now understand how childhood sarcoma spreads, which is half the battle in finding new treatments for the disease. Read more here:

UM biologist advances cancer research with new data analysis techniques

Patience and persistence are beginning to pay off for University of Montana Professor Mark Grimes, whose research about the behavior of cell proteins in childhood cancer recently was published by the Public Library of Science Computational Biology. Read more here:

Researchers report success in mitigating treatment-related side effects in childhood leukemia

A team of researchers from the University of Delaware, Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children and Jeffersn Medical College has reported success with a targeted treatment approach that delivers anticancer medication directly to leukemic cells using nanoparticles. Read more here:

Pulmonary defects common among childhood cancer survivors

Survivors of pediatric cancers who underwent pulmonary-compromising therapies demonstrated a significant risk for long-term pulmonary complications, according to study results. Read more here:

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