Childhood Cancer ~ Part I: What is Cancer?

Unfortunately children are not immune from cancer. It is always a tragedy when a child is struck by cancer, and most times the parents are totally unprepared for what dealing with their child’s illness will entail. The information contained in this series of articles is not meant to be medical advice, but a guide that […]

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The Mourner’s Bill of Rights

Losing a child is the most painful experience that any parent can be asked to go through, especially when it is a young child that they have had to watch go through the devastating, frightening, physically and emotionally crippling battle against cancer. Losing a child is like losing one’s heart and then being expected to […]

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July is International Sarcoma Awareness Month!

The month of July is designated International Sarcoma Awareness Month. Sarcomas are rare cancers that develop in the muscle, bone, nerves, cartilage, tendons, blood vessels and the fatty and fibrous tissues. They can affect almost any part of the body, on the inside or the outside. There are three main types of sarcoma: soft tissue sarcoma, bone […]

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What does The RACE for Children Act Mean?

Most paediatric cancer patients are subjected to treatments that are not designed for a child’s developing body. This is because there has been too little research into Childhood Cancer and too few new medications to treat childhood cancer. According to the Coalition against Childhood Cancer, a mere 4 % of America’s  National Cancer Institute’s budget […]

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The Inimitable Dr Audrey Evans, Modern Hero

Dr. Audrey Evans is a world-renowned oncologist whose career has spanned more than 60 years. As the co-founder of the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House (1974), the first Ronald McDonald House in the world that led to the creation of Ronald McDonald House Charities, and the co-founder of St. James School (2011), a faith-based middle school […]

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Kwazulu-Natal Cancer Patients Dying While Waiting For Treatment

Four months ago the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) released a scathing report detailing the collapse of cancer services in the province. The document accused the KwaZulu-Natal health department and its MEC, Sibongiseni Dhlomo, of failing patients. Waiting times for life-saving cancer treatment has grown by almost 30% as KwaZulu-Natal’s cancer services crumble and stall. According to information […]

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How the Cost of Cancer Drugs in South Africa can be Cut

South Africa’s Competition Commission has launched an investigation into excessive pricing by three major pharmaceutical companies that have the sole rights to distribute cancer drugs in the country. The commission’s job is to protect ordinary South Africans from abuse by dominant players. It has powers to investigate and evaluate restrictive business practices, abuse of dominant positions and mergers. Its […]

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Africa/America Partnership to Fight Childhood Cancer in Africa

A comprehensive initiative called Global HOPE (Haematology-Oncology Paediatric Excellence) has recently been launched in public-private partnerships between American institutions and the governments of Botswana, Uganda and Malawi. The $100m Paediatric Haematology-Oncology treatment network has been created in order to build long-term capacity to treat and dramatically improve the prognosis of thousands of children with cancer and blood disorders […]

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