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Scientists find 'chink in armour' of aggressive childhood cancer

Researchers believe they have found way to treat malignant rhabdoid tumours, which can kill children within months of diagnosis. Read more here: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/oct/25/scientists-find-chink-in-armour-of-aggressive-childhood-cancer

Study finds link between childhood cancer and poor dietary quality in adulthood

Survivors of childhood cancer have poor adherence to federal dietary guidelines in adulthood, a new study finds. Diets lacking essential nutrients may exacerbate the chronic disease burden in a group already at an elevated risk for developing new conditions. Read more here: http://now.tufts.edu/news-releases/study-finds-link-between-childhood-cancer-and-poor-dietary-quality-adulthood

Oncoproteins interact to promote cancer cell growth in retinoblastoma

Researchers at The Saban Research Institute of Children's Hospital Los Angeles have identified an unsuspected and critical role of the MDM2 oncogene in promoting expression of the MYCN oncogene that is required for growth and survival of retinoblastoma cells. Read more here: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-10/chla-oit101716.php

Doctors draw correlation between vitamin D deficiency and childhood cancer survivors

With gray skies all winter long, vitamin D deficiency becomes a problem in the cold months. While doctors often draw a correlation between mental health issues, such as seasonal depression, and vitamin D deficiency, it also poses a risk to childhood cancer survivors. Read more here: http://www.wkbw.com/news/doctors-draw-correlation-between-vitamin-d-deficiency-and-childhood-cancer-survivors

Changes coming to CCS transportation program

OPACC has learned that there will be changes to the Canadian Cancer Society's transportation program effective November 1, 2016: The CCS will no longer reimburse families through their Family Provided transportation program who live within 200km of a childhood cancer treatment centre Any child that lives more than 200km away from the treatment centre will still get financial assistance They are instead encouraging families to register for their general Wheels of Hope Volunteer-provided Transportation program Children receiving treatment for cancer may now be accompanied to medical appointments by up to two family members There is no fee for registering a child for transportation through the

Cancer in Retreat on One Front: Fewer Children Are Dying

Children are dying less often from cancer, with substantial declines in all races and age groups, according to a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics. Read more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/11/health/childhood-cancer-deaths.html?_r=0

Improving treatments for childhood nerve cancer means understanding its complexity

Once diagnosed, a child’s prospects of a successful recovery can vary considerably. The disease develops as low, intermediate or high risk depending on the aggressiveness of the tumour. This variability can make it difficult for doctors to assess each childs’ needs, and emphasises the importance of research into how different types of neuroblastoma respond to treatment. And a study published by a team of our scientists this week points to some possible answers. Read more here: http://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2016/10/07/improving-treatments-for-childhood-nerve-cancer-means-understanding-its-complexity/

Combination therapy shows promise in fighting neuroblastoma

A study by a multidisciplinary team of researchers from The Saban Research Institute of Children's Hospital Los Angeles sheds further light on the role of the cytokine TGFβ1 in the growth of neuroblastoma, and suggests the possibility for a small molecule drug/antibody combinatorial therapy to treat this cancer. Read more here: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-10/chla-cts101116.php

This 8-year-old is free of cancer — for now — after a ‘breakthrough’ treatment

8-year-old Ava Christiansen has been battling cancer for half her life. Now a new specialized cancer treatment may be able to keep her in remission. Read more here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/tantalizing-counterattack-offers-breakthrough-hope-for-children-with-leukemia/2016/09/30/cf19b15a-663a-11e6-be4e-23fc4d4d12b4_story.html

Wellbeing After Cancer course

Free online "Wellbeing After Cancer" course & research study offered by the University of Regina is designed to help men and women (ages 18+) who have recently (within the past 5 years) completed cancer treatment and are experiencing symptoms of anxiety and/or depression. Read more here: https://www.onlinetherapyuser.ca/wac/welcome/

Pediatrics Professor Aims to Attack Childhood Cancers with Immunotherapy

Inspired by the possibilities of immunotherapy – an innovative treatment that harnesses the power of a patient’s own immune system to fight disease (rather than simply poisoning and zapping cancers, as in chemotherapy and radiation therapy) – Lee realized that he wanted to quickly bring this advanced therapy to the field of pediatrics, to treat some of the toughest cancer cases faced by children. Read more here: https://news.virginia.edu/content/pediatrics-professor-aims-attack-childhood-cancers-immunotherapy

Childhood Cancer Research Looks at Genetic Origins

Pediatric oncologists increasingly ask whether a child’s cancer is hereditary to determine current treatment and evaluate future risk Read more here: http://www.wsj.com/articles/childhood-cancer-research-looks-at-genetic-origins-1475514960

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