Increased Risk of Breast Cancer for Female Child Cancer Survivors?

Researchers at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have evidence that common genetic variations can help to identify paediatric cancer survivors who are at increased risk for developing breast cancer while relatively young. The findings were published in the journal Clinical Cancer Research. The research focused on the combined effect of 170 common genetic variations that […]

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Dimas Lamp Running for Child Cancer Awareness

Over the course of young Dimas Lamp’s nine years of life, he’s gone through some pretty tough times. Dimas was diagnosed with brain cancer on March 24th, 2017. Dimas had to undergo numerous MRIs, a spinal tap, x-rays, and two brain surgeries. Dimas was not about to let brain cancer get the better of him though, and […]

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Childhood Cancer Survivors Need to be Aware of Future Health Risks

According to the American Cancer Society, there are in excess of 15 million cancer survivors, in the US, of which approximately 419,000 were under 20 years of age when first diagnosed with cancer. These figures are proof that medical advances in treating cancer are allowing people to live longer, but with this comes a warning […]

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Cancer Survivor Guilt is a Real Thing

Why me? Cancer survivors have an interesting relationship with these two words. As bookends to the cancer experience, their implications and impact are crucial to understanding the psychology of a life-threatening illness. Even the most stoic among us must have at some point allowed the question “Why me?” to cross his or her lips or […]

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Chemobrain in Childhood Cancer

Symptom Management, Palliative Care, or Supportive Care to relieve side-effects is an important part of cancer care and treatment and should always form part of the  overall treatment plan. Around 70% of cancer survivors report difficulties with memory and concentration after undergoing chemotherapy – this is conversationally referred to as “Chemobrain,” which is described as a […]

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Cancer is Not a Singular Experience

Cancer is Not a Singular Experience, It’s Plural! Whether it is adult cancer or Childhood Cancer, no matter how much it feels as if we are going through it alone, nothing could be further from the truth! When an individual is diagnosed with cancer, it doesn’t only affect that specific individual, it affects many, and […]

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Give Patients Permission to Get Angry

Sometimes going through cancer makes a person want to scream, and sometimes, it should be OK if they do. This article was written by JANE BIEHL, PH.D. who has been a cancer survivor since 2010. While this is written by an adult about adult cancer, it is just as pertinent to those who suffer from Childhood Cancer and […]

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Hypertension Risk for Childhood Cancer Survivors

According to a recent study that appeared in the journal, Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, survivors of Childhood Cancer are more than twice as likely as the general population to have high blood pressure (hypertension) as adults. Improvements in treatment have dramatically increased survival rates from paediatric cancers, with about 83% of children surviving at least five […]

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Where Hope Lives

Ryan Hamner is a four-time survivor of Hodgkin lymphoma, a musician and a writer. In 2011, he wrote and recorded, “Where Hope Lives” for the American Cancer Society and the song for survivors, “Survivors Survive” used in 2015 for #WorldCancerDay. Currently, he operates his website for those affected by cancer, 2surviveonline.com and drinks a ridiculous […]

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