2-Year-Old Cancer Survivor With Down Syndrome Hears For First Time: ‘Her Body Started Trembling’

Two-year-old Grace of Strongsville, Ohio, is a two-time cancer survivor who was born with Down syndrome. Grace was born with a form of leukemia called transient myeloproliferative disorder. She was only 2 days old when she began treatment. And since Grace was also born two months premature, she barely weighed over 4 pounds when she […]

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What’s New in the Treatment of Paediatric Leukaemia?

Better understanding of genomics has led to the identification of new sub-types and more focused treatments. Immunotherapy agents are also opening a new era in treatment of the disease. A greater understanding of the genomics of paediatric leukaemia — the genetic errors and irregularities that underlie the disease — has enabled researchers to divide the […]

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Childhood Cancer Burden Much Bigger Than Previously Recognised

New research indicates that childhood cancer cuts more lives short and imposes a bigger burden on society than all but a handful of diseases. Apart from cutting short young lives, cancer also burdens children with disabilities. Childhood cancer may be relatively rare, but in terms of disability and years of life lost it ranks near […]

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Elephants Have a Secret Weapon Against Cancer

The biggest animals should have the highest risks of developing tumors, but they don’t. In 2012, on a whim, Vincent Lynch decided to search the genome of the African elephant to see if it had extra anti-cancer genes. Cancers happen when cells build up mutations in their DNA that allow them to grow and divide […]

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Onco Mom Shares What She Wished She Had Known About Childhood Cancer

September is the month dedicated to creating awareness about childhood cancer and this mom wrote a touching letter about her experience with the condition In 2013, my seven-year-old daughter Quinn was diagnosed with a Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor ― a rare and aggressive pediatric brain cancer. In hindsight, this is what I wish I knew to tell people. […]

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How To Bring Cancer Care To The World’s Poorest Children

It’s one of the great achievements of modern medicine: with advances in treatment, cure rates for children with cancer in North America now exceed 80%, up from 10% in the 1960s. Yet for kids across the developing world, the fruits of that progress remain largely out of reach. In low- and middle-income countries, restrictive access […]

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It Takes a Village

A cancer diagnosis that forecasts a premature end to a patient’s life is often described as unfair. When that patient is a child who has not yet fully experienced life, the diagnosis is not just unfair—it is tragic. The good news is that the cure rate for pediatric cancer in high-income countries is greater than […]

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