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Investigating the emotional impact of neuroblastoma on siblings

Under the supervision of Dr. Judy Illes, Professor of Neurology and Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics, and Dr. Tim Oberlander, Medical Lead in Complex Pain Service at BC Children’s Hospital and a professor in UBC’s Department of Pediatrics and School of Population and Public Health, Katie will study the impact on siblings who’ve specifically lost a brother or sister to neuroblastoma or brain tumours. Read more:

5 Things for Health Care Providers to Consider When Communicating with AYAs

HCPs are in a unique position to help AYA patients engage more actively in their care. By providing opportunities for AYAs to be included in discussions, be part of shared decision-making, receive oral and written appointment summaries and health resources, have their body image concerns or self-consciousness recognized and respected, and to be put at ease by communication styles that take their overall wellbeing into consideration, AYAs will be able to more easily take ownership of their health. Read more:

First Live Births Less Common in Cancer Survivors

Questions and concerns regarding potential fertility are prevalent among childhood cancer survivors and their families. This study documents decreased probability of a first live birth in a contemporary cohort of childhood and adolescent cancer survivors in Sweden. Read more:

New genetic cause of kidney cancer in children discovered

Scientists have identified a new genetic cause of a childhood kidney cancer called Wilms tumour – revealing insights into how loss of control of chromosome number can lead to cancer. Read more:

Explainer: what is nanomedicine and how can it improve childhood cancer treatment?

Nanomedicine has great potential to safely treat children’s cancer. However, it is currently stymied by too little research. About two-thirds of research attention in nanomedicine therapeutics, of more 250 nanomedicine products, is focused on cancer. Yet this isn’t translating into new cancer treatments for children coming to market. Read more:

Childhood Cancer and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

For parent and child, a cancer diagnosis is a mental shock. And the physical shocks that follow that diagnosis- invasive treatments, surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy are also difficult to bear, also potentially traumatising. Read more:

Younger patients face unique challenges post-cancer

More than 80 per cent of teens and young adults who are diagnosed with cancer will survive.But cancer and its treatment have a particularly large and too-little understood impact on young people already facing the challenges of school, establishing careers and finding partners. Read more:

Cranial radiotherapy linked to subsequent meningiomas in childhood cancer survivors

The diagnosis of meningioma in childhood cancer survivors exposed to cranial radiotherapy increased risk for neurologic morbidity, according to a cohort study published in Journal of Clinical Oncology. Read more:

Pregnancy complications await childhood cancer survivors

Women who manage to conceive after surviving childhood cancer may encounter treatment-related pregnancy and labor complications if they got radiation for their malignancies, a recent study suggests. Read more:

Second cancers deadlier in young patients

Second cancers in children and adolescents and young adults (AYA) are far deadlier than they are in older adults and may partially account for the relatively poor outcomes of cancer patients ages 15-39 overall, a new study by UC Davis researchers has found. Read more:

Fertility challenges a burden for adolescents and young adults with cancer: new report

The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (the Partnership) has released a report on Canadian adolescents and young adults (AYAs) – aged 15 to 39 – living with cancer. The report identified fertility as a primary concern for men and women in this group, and that the emotional and financial impact of the inability to become biological parents, as a result of cancer treatment, can be devastating to individuals and their families. Read more:

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