Thursday, October 18, 2007

Children who survive cancers are more likely to develop secondary sarcoma

Studies released by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute showed that children who survive cancers have an increased risk of developing a secondary sarcoma,compared with the general population.

Description of the study here (from the Journal summary):
"Tara Henderson, M.D., of the University of Chicago Department of Pediatrics, and colleagues examined the incidence of secondary sarcomas and the risk factors associated with that risk among the 14,372 participants in the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. Overall, there were 751 second cancers diagnosed among the participants, 108 of which were secondary sarcomas such as soft tissue sarcoma, malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors, and osteosarcoma. These sarcomas were diagnosed an average of 11 years after patients were diagnosed with their primary cancer."

Monday, October 15, 2007

Budget Cuts

In January 2007, President Bush cuts a portion of the federal budget to the National Institute of Health. Unfortunately, sarcoma was among the victims...

In addition, Southwest Oncology Group has shut down their coalition against sarcoma (ICAS) and the Eastern Cooperative Group has cut their brain and sarcoma clinical trials.

Dylan Crane - Ewing's Sarcoma

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Dylan lost his battle to the disease at age 9.