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AGM 2016

Childhood cancer diagnosis and treatment can be highly stressful not only for the child but for the entire family, resulting in psychological distress that needs to be addressed throughout the cancer treatment trajectory, starting at diagnosis. In this presentation, Dr. Barrera will discuss a unique tool, the "Psychosocial Assessment Tool” (PAT) that was designed to be completed by parents or caregivers to determine the psychosocial risk of the child and family shortly after diagnosis. She will share the research that has been conducted by her and colleagues around the world regarding the utility of PAT, and how the tool can be used in the clinical setting. Information derived from this tool

Evidence Of Link Between Childhood Cancer And Phototherapy For Jaundice Examined

Two new studies can't prove a link between childhood cancer and light therapy for newborn jaundice but the authors say it still raises enough questions that clinicians should exercise caution in prescribing the treatment for infants whose jaundice is likely to resolve on its own, though that should not deter use of the treatment, known as phototherapy, in babies who otherwise would be at risk of brain damage or hearing loss. Read more here:

When a child dies from cancer, doctors grieve too

The heartbreak that hospital staff can experience on losing a young patient was poignantly described by a New York surgeon last week, in a post that prompted an outpouring of support. Read more here:

Bruce-Grey MPP Creates Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

OPACC was proud to be a part of this event at Queen's Park on May 5th, where Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker motioned to recognize September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in Ontario and to recognize the gold ribbon as the awareness symbol of childhood cancer. The motion received unanimous support and we hope it will encourage all Ontarians to be more aware of childhood cancer and thus lead to more fundraising, support, and research. Read more here: Video link:

When Do You Give Up on Treating a Child With Cancer?

Andrew Levy’s parents knew that the rare and deadly cancer in his blood could not be beaten, so they began to prepare for the worst. Then something mysterious happened. Read more here:

Gene regulatory mutation linked to rare childhood cancer

A single defect in a gene that codes for a histone -- a 'spool' that wraps idle DNA -- is linked to pediatric cancers, a new study indicates. Read more here:

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