childhood cancer

Children with Cancer Face School-time Challenges

The first day of a new school year brings excitement, anticipation, and often jitters for many children. But for children with cancer or another long-term illness, numerous, sometimes lengthy absences from school all year round create extra challenges.

Volunteers: Motivated to Help Others

Many cancer survivors are moved by their own experience to help others facing diagnosis and treatment. Find inspiration and hope in these stories of volunteers who are making a difference in the fight against cancer.

Facts and Figures Report Outlines Progress and Challenges in Childhood Cancer

A new report from the American Cancer Society describes the progress that has been made and the challenges that remain in fighting childhood cancer.

Study: Hodgkin Disease Treatment May Raise Stomach Cancer Risk

Researchers from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) have found that certain radiation and chemotherapy treatment regimens for Hodgkin disease may increase the risk of stomach cancer.

All Grown Up: Preparing Young Survivors for Life on their Own

For parents who have cared for a child with cancer, a coming of age may be especially bittersweet. Whether you have a child who’s going away to college, taking a first job, or moving out on their own, the tips here can help you both get ready for the next big step.

Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer Face Health Risks

A study from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has found that adult survivors of childhood cancer are likely to be at high risk for a number of serious health conditions.

Study Estimates Children’s Potential Cancer Risk from CT Scans

Medical experts are once again advising that children undergo CT scans only when medically necessary and using the smallest radiation dose possible, following a new study.

Study Shows Some Children with Eye Cancer Can Avoid Chemotherapy

French researchers have found that some children with low-risk retinoblastoma who are treated with surgery can safely skip post-surgery chemotherapy without the disease returning or spreading.

FDA Approves Gleevec for Type of Childhood Leukemia

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gleevec (imatinib) to treat children who are newly diagnosed with a form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

Study Helps Define Treatment Options in Children With Hard-to-Treat Leukemias

For some children with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) who don’t improve after initial induction therapy, more chemotherapy may work better than a stem cell transplant, according to a study.

New Report Tracks Growing Population of Cancer Survivors in the US

A first-ever report by the American Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute estimates there are 13.7 million cancer survivors alive in the US today, and that number will grow to almost 18 million by 2022.

CT Scans in Children Raise Risk of Cancer

Computed tomography (CT) scans in children have been linked to a small increased risk for later developing leukemia and brain cancer, according to a newly published study by international researchers.

Childhood Leukemia Survival Rates Improve Significantly

A new study shows that children with the most common type of childhood cancer, acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) have a survival rate of more than 90%.

Manufacturer Releasing Emergency Supplies of Methotrexate

A maker of the cancer drug methotrexate, Bedford Laboratories, has advised the FDA that it will release emergency supplies of preservative-free methotrexate to meet patients’ needs.

Book Helps Children With Cancer Cope With Hair Loss

In The Long and the Short of It, a new children's book published by the American Cancer Society, two little girls give some serious thought to their hair.

World Health Organization Says Cell Phones a Possible Cause of Cancer

The International Agency for Research on Cancer has concluded that using cell phones may possibly cause cancer.

Experts See Progress, Hope in Battle Against Childhood Cancers

Survival has improved dramatically for kids with cancer over the past 30 years.

Major Study Complicates Debate over Cell Phone Use and Cancer Risk

Results from a major international study released Monday do not establish a definitive link between cell phone use and cancer, but they don’t rule one out, either.

TNF Blockers May Increase Lymphoma Risk in Kids

Kids and teens treated with drugs called tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blockers may be at an increased risk for lymphoma and other cancers, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is updating black box warnings for the drugs.

Cancer Survivor Gives Voice To Young Adults Fighting Cancer

By 2020, the number of cancer survivors is expected to grow from 11 million to 20 million.

Parents of Kids with Cancer Suffer Post-traumatic Stress

A study of the parents of children undergoing treatment for cancer finds that in most of the families, at least one of the parents has symptoms of post-traumatic stress.