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A new urgency to protect survivors of childhood cancer

One of medicine’s greatest successes is the sharp rise in survival rates for children with cancer. But the flip side of that success is that many of those children are turning up years or even decades later with serious and sometimes life-threatening complications, including second cancers, heart disorders, cognitive problems and infertility. Read more:

Grassroots Funding Imperative for Childhood Cancer Research

For adult cancer, over 50% of funding for drug development comes from pharmaceutical companies. For kids, that percentage is almost 0. Childhood cancer is complicated due to the growing minds and bodies of these young patients. They are also not profitable considering the low percentage of the population that children represent. Only 3 new childhood cancer drugs have been developed in the last 20 years compared to 120 new therapies approved for adults. Read more:

FDA Officials Call for Including Adolescents in Adult Oncology Trials

A team of officials at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are calling for a "culture shift" by drugmakers, regulators and clinical investigators to encourage enrolling more adolescent patients in relevant "adult-type" cancer clinical trials. See more at:

Survival After Pediatric Cancer: Reducing the Lifetime Burden

More children now survive cancer and go on to live years, or even decades, into adulthood. But this silver lining has a cloud: late effects—including everything from second cancers and debilitating back pain to infertility and strokes—can make life after childhood cancer a daily struggle fraught with chronic suffering and psychological distress. Read more:

New clinical study for children with AML aims to kill leukemia cells and minimize cardiac damage

Cooper is leading a new nationwide clinical trial, conducted within the Children's Oncology Group (COG), for children and adolescents with relapsed acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) to test a drug, CPX-351, which has been designed to kill leukemia cells while minimizing damage to the heart. Read more:

Herpes virus linked to most common type of childhood cancer

Newborns with congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV)—a common virus in the herpes family—may have an increased risk of developing acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), according to new research published online today in Blood, the Journal of the American Society of Hematology (ASH). Read more:

I Survived Childhood Cancer - And Spent Two Decades Thinking I’d Never Be A Mum

I’m 39 now, and I’ve had a lot of late effects as a result of cancer treatment, for example, it weakened my heart. But for me, by far the most devastating effect of treatment was the impact that it had on my fertility. Read more:

Environmental causes of childhood cancers 'grossly underestimated'

Even when the treatment modalities have improved dramatically, especially for childhood leukemia, the Holy Grail remains the prevention of cancer by modifying the environment and encouraging healthy lifestyle. Read more:

Cancer vaccine prolongs remission in leukemia patients in trial

A new vaccine helped leukemia patients fight their cancer and stay in remission for an average of almost five years, according to new study. Read more here:

10 Ways to Honour Your Passed Child during the Holidays

One of the greatest fears of a bereaved parent is that their passed child will be forgotten. With the holiday season upon us, this feeling is more acute as loved ones gather together. Read more here:

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