Tag Archives: Childhood Cancer

Early deaths from childhood cancer up to 4 times more common than previously reported

Treatments for childhood cancers have improved to the point that 5-year survival rates are over 80 percent. However, one group has failed to benefit from these improvements, namely children who die so soon after diagnosis that they are not able … Continue reading

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Treatment significantly reduces chemotherapy-induced hearing loss in children

Investigators from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and 37 other Children’s Oncology Group hospitals in the U.S. and Canada have determined that sodium thiosulfate prevents cisplatin-induced hearing loss in children and adolescents with cancer. Results of this randomized, controlled, phase 3 … Continue reading

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Eye movement affected in former childhood cancer patients

Nowadays, the lives of the majority of all children with cancer can be spared. However, the cure for the disease comes with a price: some of the survivors will suffer long-term injury from the treatment. A study from Lund University … Continue reading

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Bone loss associated with leukemia therapy occurs sooner than previously thought

Investigators at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have found that significant bone loss – a side effect of chemotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) – occurs during the first month of treatment, far earlier than previously assumed. Results of the study … Continue reading

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Two studies examine long-term outcomes in childhood and young adult cancer survivors

JAMA Oncology published two studies and a related editorial focused on long-term outcomes in survivors of childhood or young adult cancer. In the first study, Kathrine Rugbjerg, PhD, and Jørgen Olsen, MD, DMSc, of the Danish Cancer Society Research Center, Copenhagen, … Continue reading

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Youngest bone marrow transplant patients at higher risk of cognitive decline

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital study identifies small group of patients at risk for intellectual decline after bone marrow transplantation; results set stage for new strategies to preserve IQ and fight cancer. Toddlers who undergo total body irradiation in preparation … Continue reading

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Updating cardiac screening guidelines for survivors of childhood cancer

Findings suggest that there is a long-term benefit in screening survivors at elevated risk for congestive heart failure.  One of the first studies to analyze the effectiveness of screening survivors of childhood cancer for early signs of impending congestive heart failure … Continue reading

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