St. Jude-led study shows good news for childhood cancer survivors

According to a study led by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, changes in how childhood cancer is treated have led to reduced risks of serious, long-term health effects due to cancer therapy. The Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS), funded by the National Cancer Institute, were unveiled June 2 at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in Chicago. “This is the first comprehensive study to demonstrate how changes in treatments over time have impacte d the…
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Authors: Gebauer J, Higham C, Langer T, Denzer C, Brabant G Abstract The number of patients surviving five or more years after initial cancer diagnosis has significantly increased over the last decades due to considerable improvements in the treatment of many cancer entities. A negative consequence of this is the emergence of long-term sequelae and endocrine disorders account for a high proportion of these. These late effects can occur decades after cancer treatment and affect up to 50% of childhood cancer survivors. Multiple predisposing factors for endocrine late effects have been identified; including radiation,...
Source: Endocrine Reviews - Category: Endocrinology Tags: Endocr Rev Source Type: research
Skeletal abnormalities are common in children and adolescents diagnosed and treated for a malignancy. The spectrum ranges from mild pain to debilitating osteonecrosis and fractures. In this review, we summarize the impact of cancer therapy on the developing skeleton, provide an update on therapeutic strategies for prevention and treatment, and discuss the most recent advances in musculoskeletal research. Early recognition of skeletal abnormalities and strategies to optimize bone health are essential to prevent long-term skeletal sequelae and diminished quality of life in childhood cancer survivors.Horm Res Paediatr
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The Children's Cancer Therapy Development Institute is studying how a breast cancer drug candidate could impact children with an aggressive tumor in the soft muscle.
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This study investigated the effects of PTL and SSZ on unsorted, CD200+ and CD200- BCP-ALL subpopulations in the presence of MSC. Six MRD low risk and 4 risk cases were co-cultured on MSC, at a 2:1 ratio, 1 hour prior to addition of PTL at various doses up to 10mM. After 24 hours, cells were stained with Annexin V and PI and viability was assessed by flow cytometry. In the absence of MSC, low risk cases were slightly less sensitive to PTL with an IC50 of 2.23mM compared to risk ones (IC50 1.54mM, P=0.61). Interestingly, 4 of 6 low risk cases, which were less sensitive to PTL, had normal karyotypes, while the 2 responsive ca...
Source: Blood - Category: Hematology Authors: Tags: 614. Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: Therapy, excluding Transplantation: Poster III Source Type: research
Conclusion: The multi-dimensional humanistic care effectively reduces the anxiety of kids with hematological malignancies and their parents, improves the caregiver's caring ability and compliance, and their satisfaction to nursing care. All these results point out the significance of systemic care services in the childhood cancer therapy, it is noteworthy to pour more attention and capacity to the clinics which may facilitate the cancer treatment.Figure.DisclosuresNo relevant conflicts of interest to declare.
Source: Blood - Category: Hematology Authors: Tags: 902. Health Services Research-Malignant Diseases: Poster II Source Type: research
Purpose of review Over 80% of children diagnosed with cancer are now cured. The burgeoning population of survivors of childhood cancer experiences high rates of morbidity and mortality due to ‘late-effects’ of treatment. These can be defined as any consequence of treatment that persists beyond or develops after the completion of cancer therapy. Awareness of late-effects is critically important for pediatricians and adult providers alike, as late-effects impact children in proximity to cancer treatment, as well as adults many decades removed. This review presents the importance of lifelong follow-up care for s...
Source: Current Opinion in Pediatrics - Category: Pediatrics Tags: OFFICE PEDIATRICS: Edited by Henry H. Bernstein Source Type: research
Endocrine complications are frequently observed in childhood cancer survivors (CCS); in many instances, these complications develop months to years after the completion of cancer therapy. The estimated prevalence of endocrine late effects is 50% among CCS; the main risk factors are external beam radiation that includes key endocrine organs (the hypothalamus/pituitary, thyroid and gonads) and/or alkylating agents. Novel agents targeting tumor growth have increased the options available to a small number of patients albeit with the need for treatment over long periods of time. Some of these agents, such as certain tyrosine k...
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1. Cancer is not rare.  Technically, childhood cancer is rare compared to adult cancer, but it’s not as rare as you think.   Outside of my work, I can think of 3 people who I know personally that had a childhood cancer.  A teammate on my high school basketball team, my sister-in-law, and a high school debate teammate.   My guess is that you also know someone from church, a coworker’s kid, or one of your kids’ classmates who has been affected by this disease. 2. Curing cancer and preventing cancer is not the same thing.  We do have a cure for the majority of childhood cancers....
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Conditions Oncology/Hematology Pediatrics Source Type: blogs
Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have developed a new method to bypass the blood-brain barrier and deliver drugs to the brain, which could be particularly useful in difficult-to-treat brain tumors. The technique involves adminis...
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Purpose of review We aim to summarize the utility of strain in monitoring the effects of cancer therapy-related cardiotoxicity (CTRC) on the development of left ventricular (LV) dysfunction. Recent findings Serial assessment of cardiac function at baseline and during treatment is recommended in patients undergoing cancer treatment. Historically, the use of left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) has been used to monitor for cardiac toxicity from cancer therapies but myocardial mechanic parameters, in particular global longitudinal strain (GLS), have emerged as powerful adjunctive tools. On the basis of longitudinal ...
Source: Current Opinion in Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Tags: IMAGING AND HEART FAILURE: MYOCARDIAL STRAIN: Edited by Sherif Nagueh Source Type: research
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