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Support Tools: Your Sibling has a Brain Tumour, Now What?

For many of us, the longest relationship that we have in life is with our sibling. Whether you are the best of friends or the worst of enemies, your sibling will be there to celebrate life’s sweet moments and be there for the rough spots. For some people this may include a brain tumour diagnosis. Now what? Read more:

Caring at home for a child with cancer can leave family members with risky tasks

Central lines, standard for children with cancer, lead directly to a large vein near the heart. They allow patients with cancer and other conditions to leave the hospital and receive antibiotics, liquid nutrition and even chemotherapy at home. But families must perform daily maintenance that, if done incorrectly, can lead to blood clots, infections and even death. Read more:

Managing Thromboembolic Events in Pediatric Cancer

In an interview with OncLive, Young, director, Hemostasis and Thrombosis Program, attending physician, Hematology, Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, UCLA, discussed the use of anticoagulants in managing thromboembolic events in pediatric cancer. Read more:

Why Childhood Cancer Deserves Our Attention Every Month

Reasons why childhood cancer sucks and deserves our attention and our support not just this month, but every month. Read more:

OPACC & Talbots partner for fundraiser

OPACC is excited to announce that we have partnered with Talbots for a fundraising initiative! The Talbots store at Bayview Village Mall in North York will donate 10% of all pre-tax sales to OPACC on October 25th! It's shopping - for a good cause! Our Parent Liaison, Susan, will be there that day, so stop by and say Hi!

Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore And The False Awareness Of Childhood Cancer

Put simply, the beautiful images of smiling, bald kids and the celebrities embracing children in fancy buildings are a whitewashed attempt to present a sanitized and almost happy version of what it is really like for a child and family to face the diagnosis of childhood cancer. Read more:

Helping Kids When a Friend or Classmate Has Cancer

It can be difficult for children to deal with the reality that a classmate or friend has cancer, but increasing a child’s understanding can help them process the news in a more positive way. Read more:

Childhood cancer survivors at double the risk for chronic conditions

A study by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital found that childhood cancer survivors have double the risk for chronic conditions as the general population. Read more:

Powerful Childhood Cancer Treatment Holds Promise--and Poses Hazards

A new type of cancer therapy—recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for children with leukemia who run out of options—is changing medical practice and has triggered excitement in the normally reserved world of cancer science. Read more:

MPPs Mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

OPACC was honoured to be part of this CCAM event at Queen's Park on Sept. 11th where Bruce-Grey Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker rallied his peers to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Many thanks to Susan K., Michelle D., Tara L., and Sunny H. for attending on behalf of OPACC!

The impossible happened: My 16-month-old baby has cancer

My baby has cancer. My sweet, snuggly, smiling boy who still plays with my hair while breastfeeding and loves long walks wrapped high on my back, burying his head into my shoulder, has cancer. I want to scream from a mountaintop. I don’t know how to process this information, so I tell everyone I encounter: the waitress at our favourite restaurant, strangers at the dog park. Maybe if I say it enough times, it will feel real. Maybe I’ll feel as brave as everyone keeps telling me I am. Maybe I’ll cry. I’m terrified to feel anything resembling sadness—it’s too similar to loss. Read more:

FDA announces first US gene therapy approval for cancer treatment

The US Food and Drug Administration approved a new leukemia treatment, which the agency considers the first gene therapy it has cleared to hit the market in the United States. Read more:

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