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How the American Cancer Society Fights Childhood Cancer


Information, Research, Patient Services, Advocacy

Cancer is diagnosed in 1 out of every 285 children under the age of 20 in the United States. And although advances in treatment have improved the outlook for many children with cancer, the side effects of treatment can have long lasting consequences.

The American Cancer Society takes a comprehensive approach to combatting childhood cancer through funding research, advocating for policies that advance the childhood cancer agenda and improve access to quality care, and providing support for patients and their families.

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Childhood Cancer Information for Patients and Families

The American Cancer Society has many resources to help families understand and cope with a cancer diagnosis in their child.

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Childhood Cancer Videos

A diagnosis of childhood cancer affects the entire family. These inspirational videos feature childhood cancer survivors and their families candidly discussing childhood cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery, as well as the importance of palliative care.

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Childhood Cancer Research

Research is essential to making advances in childhood cancer. The Society’s full-time researchers and external grantees actively monitor the state of childhood cancer and engage in cutting-edge research to find new treatments, improve existing ones, and address the debilitating side effects that can result from having cancer at a young age.

Additionally, the Society is dedicated to supporting research and health professional training aimed at improving the quality of life of children with cancer and their loved ones. This includes establishing an innovative partnership with the National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC) to fund research to advance the field of palliative care and providing a long-standing institutional grant to St. Jude to support a clinical oncology social work training program.

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Programs and Services for Children With Cancer

Several American Cancer Society programs and services are available to families who have a child with cancer. In addition, the Society provides referrals to other national and local resources through our National Cancer Information Center at 1-800-227-2345.

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Childhood Cancer Advocacy

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), the nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the Society, supports laws and policies that increase funding for cancer research, improve the quality of life for children and their families as they face cancer, and broaden access to quality health care. ACS CAN is also a member of Alliance for Childhood Cancer, a coalition dedicated to advancing childhood cancer issues.