Day 28 - Children's cancer Awareness Month

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This is Michael. I have previously posted a good bit of information about the side effects of the harsh treatments given to children with cancer, and today I want to emphasize one side effect specifically:  cancer. Yes, that's right, developing a second cancer and a third cancer is a risk that children have after receiving adult forms of chemotherapy, multiple rounds of radiation and antiquated drugs and treatments. It's very difficult to process, as a parent of child with cancer, how or why a child that survives these treatments (and many do not), must face a lifelong threat of developing more cancers... all because not enough is know about children's forms of cancer and because little development of therapies directed specifically to children exists. Shameful. Sad.

Childhood cancer Awareness Fact:  A second (or third) primary cancer diagnosis — that is, a new cancer unrelated to the first — is common among childhood cancer survivors. A new study by Dr. Lucie Turcotte from the University of Minnesota and Fred Hutch researchers Dr. Wendy Leisenring and John Whitton sheds light on just how common. Survivors of childhood cancer are twice as likely as the general population be diagnosed with cancer after age 40. Even more distressing, the researchers discovered that if childhood survivors were diagnosed with a second cancer before age 40, they were even more likely to develop a third.

Researchers used data from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study, based at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and statistically analyzed at Fred Hutch, which included a cohort of over 14,000 U.S. childhood cancer survivors diagnosed between 1976 and 1986. They focused specifically on the approximately 3,000 survivors who’d reached the age of 40 to see if those individuals were at a higher risk. “The crux of the message is that for (survivors) even after they reach the age of 40 when the rest of the population is starting to have some cancers, they’re still at higher risk,” Leisenring said. See the complete article here:  https://www.fredhutch.org/en/news/center-news/2015/09/childhood-cancer-survivors-twice-as-likely-to-get-second-cancers.html

Help us at Cannonball Kids' cancer by making a donation today at cannonballkidscancer.org. Your donation goes directly towards funding pediatric cancer research trials. Only research and development through trials and bench to bedside work will stop this madness. We believe we can do it. Thank you.