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Study targeting deadly children's cancer has 'mind-blowing' results

Three children whose cancers were once deemed "incurable" are now long-term survivors, thanks to a ground-breaking study led by a Grand Rapids pediatric oncologist. Read more here:

Pan Am Games impact on OPACC services

In light of the upcoming Pan Am & Parapan Am Games in Toronto, OPACC urges you to plan ahead for travel into the city for the duration of the games. Our Parent Liaisons will be monitoring the situation and will endeavor to be on as regular a schedule as possible, however they may from time to time only be accessible by email, phone or text. We will issue updates via social media as necessary in case of any schedule changes. In the meantime, we are sharing this communication from Sick Kids regarding the games: Toronto and other municipalities in the Golden Horseshoe will be hosting the Pan Am Games (July 10-26) and Parapan Am Games (Aug. 7-15) this summer. The games may result in more traffic

What You Don’t Know About the Toughest of Cancer Dads

As a childhood cancer parent vet (we’ve been at this for 19 months, so I guess that makes us veterans), I’ve seen countless fathers rise to the challenge of being Cancer Dads — whether that’s cleaning up vomit or stools, holding a vomit bucket while your child endlessly empties their insides, squeezing into a tiny bed with your child overnight in the hospital or delivering countless meds through syringes and shots. I’ve witnessed ordinary dads becoming extraordinary. Read more here:

Top 5 Tips for Effectively Parenting the Sibling of a Child with Cancer

Childhood cancer affects the whole family, not just the child diagnosed. Unintentionally, the needs and feelings of siblings often get pushed aside due to the immediate requirements of the sick child. Read more here:

OPACC's 2015 AGM presentations now online

You can now view videos of OPACC's 2015 AGM presentations on YouTube here: AGM (includes President's and Financial reports and Election of Officers) Special presentation on Post Traumatic Stress in Parents of Children with Cancer (YouTube) (PDF) Quote from presentation attendee/parent: "There is no fixing what cannot be fixed or reassemble a puzzle that is missing a piece. Learning to integrate loss so that a bereaved parent may continue forward to seek personal redefinition and purposeful meaning in life. Congratulations on a very informative useful presentation." - Neal R.

Some child cancer survivors face long-term physical, emotional challenges

While many young cancer survivors go on to live healthy, productive lives, others are left with physical and emotional side effects that linger years after the cancer is gone. Read more here:

Treatment-related cardiac dysfunction common in adult survivors of childhood cancer

Cardiac dysfunction, particularly abnormal global longitudinal strain and diastolic function, is common in adult survivors of childhood cancer, even in those with normal left ventricular ejection fraction, researchers reported in a new study. Read more here:

Cognitive Impairment in Pediatric ALL Survivors Even Without Brain RT

Even in the absence of cranial radiation therapy, survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) have decreased neurocognitive function years later. Read more here:

The Great Canadian Giving Challenge 2015

The Great Canadian Giving Challenge (GCGC) is a new initiative from GIV3 and CanadaHelps. The challenge runs from June 1 to June 30, 2015. Every dollar donated to any charity by an individual in June, through or, is an automatic entry for the chosen charity to win a $10,000 grand prize donation! Minimum $3 donation required. Every $1 donated IN JUNE is an automatic entry for OPACC to win (minimum $3 donation required) Challenge runs from June 1 to June 30 Donate just $3 and that gives us 3 extra chances to win! The more you donate, the more chances we have to win - but remember that EVERY dollar counts! Thank you! Grand prize draw is on CANADA DAY,

Childhood cancer treatments got gentler, yet survival still improved: study

The move to make cancer treatments gentler for children has paid a double dividend: More kids are surviving than ever before, and without the long-term complications that doomed many of their peers a generation ago, new research shows. Read more here:

2015 Ooch/POGO Survivor Conference

Camp Oochigeas and POGO present the 3rd Life After Childhood Cancer Survivor Conference, a gathering for survivors of childhood cancer aged 19 and over (October 2015).For more information, please click here:

Long-term death rate among childhood cancer survivors falls by half

Now, a new study finds that doctors' efforts to both cure children's tumors and protect them from long-term complications have paid off. A study presented today in Chicago finds that the death rate 15 years after a pediatric cancer diagnosis has been cut in half since the 1970s. Read more here:

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