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Pregnancy in survivors of childhood cancer may confer elevated risk for cardiotoxicity

Pregnancy may be linked to an increased risk for cardiotoxicity in patients who survived cancer in childhood, according to a research letter published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Read more:

Donated umbilical cord blood means babies can help save lives

It’s a lifesaving treatment that has the potential to treat or cure 80 different diseases, including cancer. As Allison Vuchnich explains cord blood is routinely thrown away as medical waste, and there are Canadians working to change that. Read more:

Researchers Discover Sugar-Addiction of Cancer Cells in Childhood Leukemia

An international team of researchers led by City of Hope’s Markus Müschen, M.D., Ph.D., the Norman and Sadie Lee Foundation Endowed Professor in Pediatrics and chair of the Department of Systems Biology, found a connection between drug-resistance in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and increased sugar uptake in the ALL cells, according to the paper titled, “Metabolic gatekeeper function of B-lymphoid transcription factors,” published today in Nature. Read more:

OPACC receives major donation

Today OPACC was honoured to have received a very generous donation of $40,000 from Catarino House! Catarino House was a Hamilton-based charity dedicated to offering free wellness programs for children and teens with cancer or receiving palliative care. When they closed in November 2016, they chose OPACC to be the recipient charity of all of their remaining funds to help us continue our work supporting families of children with cancer throughout Ontario. Many thanks to all of those who were able to help us celebrate this amazing gift today, including: OPACC’s Parent Liaison Susan Kuczynski and President & Chair James Thomson; Maria Catarino (Executive Director of Catarino House); Corinne Eiri

Can childhood cancer treatments affect survivors' sex lives in adulthood?

A recent analysis showed that although adult survivors of childhood cancer did not differ overall from their peers in terms of their satisfaction with their sex lives and romantic relationships, those who received cancer treatments that were especially toxic to the nervous system were least likely to have had intercourse, be in a relationship, or have children. Read more:

How your computer can help in the fight against childhood cancer

A new initiative announced by Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy on Tuesday will allow anyone with a computer to help in the efforts to defeat pediatric cancer. Read more:

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