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Genetic testing for childhood cancer patients can identify cause and treatment potential

Combined whole exome tumor and blood sequencing in pediatric cancer patients revealed mutations that could help explain the cause of cancer or have the potential to impact clinical cancer care in 40 percent of patients in a study led by researchers from Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Cancer Center. Read more here: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-01-genetic-childhood-cancer-patients-treatment.html

Surveillance Caught Thyroid Cancers Early in Childhood Cancer Survivors

Regular ultrasound surveillance of the thyroid revealed that about 7% of adult childhood cancer survivors who had radiation to the head or neck subsequently developed thyroid cancer, according to the results of a single-center Italian study published in the European Journal of Cancer. Read more here: http://www.cancernetwork.com/thyroid-cancer/surveillance-caught-thyroid-cancers-early-childhood-cancer-survivors

Diabetes in Cancer Survivors a Late Effect of Abdominal Radiation?

Children and young adults treated with total body or abdominal radiotherapy have an increased risk for insulin resistance and diabetes mellitus, but the exact underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Read more here: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/857405

OPACC's involvement in the hospital parking policy announcement

OPACC has long been involved with the issue of high hospital parking rates and advocating on behalf of our families for reduced rates. We would like to thank all of our families who have been involved in this process with us over the past several years by providing feedback, being interviewed for news stories, signing our parking petition, filling out our surveys, and more! We appreciate having been included in the hospital parking policy consultation team with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Our Parent Liaison, Susan Kuczynski, spoke at this morning's announcement on behalf of OPACC and our families. We are excited about the changes being suggested in this new policy, and believe

Breast cancer risk in childhood cancer survivors

Female survivors of childhood sarcoma or leukemia who did not receive chest radiotherapy are at increased risk of developing breast cancer at a young age, according to a report from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. Read more here: http://contemporaryobgyn.modernmedicine.com/contemporary-obgyn/news/breast-cancer-risk-childhood-cancer-survivors

Fewer Childhood Cancer Survivors Dying From 'Late' Effects

Fewer childhood cancer survivors are dying years later from lingering effects of the treatment that conquered their cancer, a new study finds. Read more here: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2016-01-13/fewer-childhood-cancer-survivors-dying-from-late-effects

Unravelling the causes of an aggressive childhood cancer

The origins of a type of aggressive childhood lymphoma have been found, giving hope that new drugs could be designed to prevent the disease coming back after treatment. Read more here: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-01-unravelling-aggressive-childhood-cancer.html

Government of Canada increases duration of Employment Insurance compassionate care benefit

GATINEAU, QC, Jan. 4, 2016 /CNW/ - The Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, today highlighted the coming into force of a previously announced increase in the duration of the Employment Insurance (EI) compassionate care benefit, which will provide additional financial security to Canadian workers and their families in times of need. Read more here: http://linkis.com/www.newswire.ca/news/7Cb1x?platform=hootsuite

What's in store for survivors of childhood cancers that affect vision?

Little is known about the long-term health of survivors of childhood cancers that affect vision, but two new studies provide valuable insights that could impact patient care and follow-up. The findings are published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. Read more here: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-01-survivors-childhood-cancers-affect-vision.html

MSU prof breaks ground with childhood cancer discovery

Today the drug is in clinical trials in 24 U.S. hospitals. Patient trials are aimed at assessing the drug's effectiveness against neuroblastoma. If successful, it could help raise the survival rate for children battling an often unforgiving disease. Read more here: http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/news/local/2016/01/07/msu-prof-breaks-ground-childhood-cancer-discovery/75520838/

New drug may overcome treatment resistance in a high-risk children's cancer

Pediatric oncologists from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) have reported their latest results in devising new treatments for stubbornly deadly forms of the childhood cancer neuroblastoma. Read more here: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-01-drug-treatment-resistance-high-risk-children.html

Childhood Cancer Treatment May Raise Adult Heart Disease Risk

Children who survive cancer may face a higher risk of heart disease as adults, new research suggests. Read more here: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2016-01-04/childhood-cancer-treatment-may-raise-adult-heart-disease-risk

How one couple’s loss led to a push for psychological care for kids with cancer

The standards, published in a special issue of the journal Pediatric Blood and Cancer, are a road map for health-care providers from the moment of diagnosis into survivorship or bereavement. Read more here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/how-one-couples-loss-led-to-a-push-for-psychological-care-for-kids-with-cancer/2015/12/29/45f0eb86-977e-11e5-b499-76cbec161973_story.html?postshare=8871451443656818&tid=ss_mail

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