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Childhood Cancer Survivor Study and smoking interventions

Despite a drop in smoking prevalence among survivors of childhood cancer, the considerable proportion of consistent, current smokers that does exist demonstrates a need for ongoing development of effective smoking interventions in this population. Read more here:

Researchers discover genetic cause of second-most common kidney cancer in children

The genetic basis of clear cell sarcoma of the kidney (CCSK), a high-risk childhood cancer known for metastasizing to bone and brain, has remained a mystery since the cancer was first described in the 1970s. A team of researchers from Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital has now uncovered a genetic mutation associated with CCSK that has opened a new path of research and could point the way toward a new diagnostic test for the disease. Read more here:

Childhood, young adult cancer survival improves but followup critical

Cure rates for teens and young adults with cancer have improved, but survivors face higher risks of being hospitalized than people in the general population because of the double-edged sword of cancer treatment, doctors say. Read more here:

Childhood Cancer Risk Hides in Families

A substantial number of children with cancer carry cancer-predisposing mutations inherited from a parent, according to a new study published Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine. Read more here:

Surviving Survivorship – A College Student and 2X Leukemia Survivor’s Perspective

When I finished my relapse treatment, at the age of 15, I felt liberated. I had finally conquered the disease that had taken over such a significant portion of my childhood. Little did I know, navigating survivorship would present a whole new kind of challenge. Read more here:

The Long-Term Effects of Childhood Cancer

I hope for a future where survival can be celebrated by a higher percentage of children, young adults, and adults. A future where people like me won’t have to hold their breath, waiting for the next bump in the road of chemotherapy’s and radiation’s long-term-effects; and a future where survivorship can be relied on to be the only, permanent, long-term effect. Read more here:

Change in a single DNA base drives a childhood cancer

Pediatric oncology researchers have pinpointed a crucial change in a single DNA base that both predisposes children to an aggressive form of the childhood cancer neuroblastoma and makes the disease progress once tumors form. Read more here:

New genetic cause of a childhood kidney cancer discovered

Genetic mutations in a gene called REST have been shown to cause Wilms tumour, a rare kidney cancer that occurs in children. Read more here:

Canadian researchers break blood-brain barrier with new ultrasound treatment

Canadian scientists have made history with a world first, successfully using focused ultrasound to break through one of the human body's final frontiers -- the blood-brain barrier. The researchers have unlocked a non-invasive way to deliver medication deep into the brain, opening the door to better treatments for brain tumours, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and more. Read more here:

Leukemia Treatment Breakthrough: Previously Untested Cell Therapy Saves Baby With 'Incurable&#39

It’s a parent’s worst nightmare to find out that their baby — at not even 1 year old — has cancer. Even more devastating, to hear that that cancer is “one of the most aggressive forms of the disease” that doctors have ever seen. Read more here:

Cancer and Young Adult LGBs

Adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with cancer are informed of their fertility preservation (FP) options with the intention that, if possible, they are able to consider having biologically-related children after treatment. The increasing social and political inclusivity of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) populations, and advancements in fertility treatments, have encouraged a growing number of LGB AYAs to consider biological parenthood. For LGB AYAs, the process of FP is likely different than for heterosexual AYAs. Read more here:

End Stage Chemotherapy: A physician’s perspective

One of the hardest discussions between an oncologist and their patient occurs at the time of transition from active anti-cancer therapy to best supportive care alone. This consultation has been reported as one of the most stressful faced by the physician, and of course is a nodal event for the patient. It is also clear that patients want their physicians to be honest, up to date and compassionate in these meetings. Read more here:

Australian Scientists Identify Experimental Drug That Could Stop Neuroblastoma Cancer

Melbourne: Australian scientists have identified a critical molecular 'feedback loop' that helps initiate and drive neuroblastoma, a cancer of the nervous system in children that is triggered in embryonal nerve cells. The research team was able to identify an experimental drug, which was currently in clinical trials for adult cancer, with the potential to interrupt the loop and halt tumour progression, Australia-based Children's Cancer Institute said. Read more here:

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