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Experimental Immunotherapy Offers Hope for Children with Brain Cancer

A new type of immunotherapy was highly effective against five types of childhood brain cancer when tested in mice. The treatment, which is already in clinical trials for other cancer forms in adults, looks promising as a method to improve the treatment of childhood brain cancer, for which current treatment is limited or even nonexistent. Read more:

Meningioma Incidence After Cranial Radiotherapy for Pediatric Cancer

Survivors of childhood cancer exposed to cranial radiotherapy are at risk of developing meningiomas later in life, leading to neurologic sequelae and mortality, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Read more:

Every child with cancer to have tumour DNA sequenced to find best treatment

Every child with a tumour in Britain will have their cancer DNA sequenced so they can get the best possible drugs and help the UK catch up with treatment in Europe and the US. Read more:

Seeing Cancer Through a Sibling's Eyes: What We Don't Know Can Hurt Them

While acknowledging the value of family-centered care to the ill child and parents in clinical practice, we may overlook other family members who would also benefit from family-centered care, most notably the healthy siblings of the child with cancer. Read more at:

‘It’s Not Your Fault’: Researchers Confirm Cancer Is Often Random

About two-thirds of the genetic mutations that lead to cancer happen simply because of random errors made as cells divide and not because of diet, chemicals or inherited genes, the team at Johns Hopkins University said. Read more:

Cancer Experience Registry

The Cancer Experience Registry, a research study of the Cancer Support Community. This is also open to Canadians. The Cancer Experience Registry is a research study to identify and advance the understanding of the emotional and social needs of people who have been diagnosed with cancer or people who have provided care to someone with cancer (i.e., informal or family caregiver). There is no cost or compensation for participation, however, the information from the study will be used to support greater understanding of the needs of cancer survivors and those living with the diagnosis, raise awareness of the challenges of people affected by cancer, and develop programs and services that will add

Study estimates health costs for childhood and adolescent cancer

The International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) announced today the publication of original research estimating the costs of cancer care in children and adolescents. The study found that treating children with cancer is more costly than treating adolescents or adults. Read more:

Centennial College fundraiser

On March 17th, a group of Centennial College ECE students held a childhood cancer awareness event and fundraiser at the College to benefit OPACC and have raised over $300! Many thanks to them for all of their hard work and generosity, and to our Parent Liaison, Susan, for attending as OPACC's representative!

Antibody shows promise in 5 kinds of childhood brain cancer

Stanford researchers have found that a recently developed antibody reduced the size of five different types of tumors in mouse models of childhood brain cancer. The treatment, dubbed Hu5F9-G4, also specifically targeted malignant cells, sparing healthy tissue. Read more:

Fundraiser for OPACC on March 17th!

A group of Early Childhood Education students at Centennial College are hosting this fundraiser to benefit OPACC at Centennial College's Student Centre (941 Progress Ave., Toronto) next Friday, March 17th from 10am-12pm! There will be a bake sale and they will also be selling gold ribbons and raffle tickets. All proceeds are going to OPACC! We thank these students for everything that they are doing to raise awareness and funds for OPACC and childhood cancer. Event link: The students have also set up a GoFundMe page with a goal of raising $1,000 for OPACC:

Early deaths from childhood cancer up to 4 times more common than previously reported

Treatments for childhood cancers have improved to the point that 5-year survival rates are over 80 percent. However, one group has failed to benefit from these improvements, namely children who die so soon after diagnosis that they are not able to receive treatment, or who receive treatment so late in the course of their disease that it is destined to fail. Read more at:

Childhood cancer survivors benefit from reduced radiation treatment

The rate of second malignancies in survivors of childhood cancer is declining — an improvement linked to reduced radiation treatment of the first disease, according to a new study. Read more:

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