American Cancer Society researchers’ 2014 special report on childhood cancer summarizes the progress made and challenges ahead in fighting childhood and adolescent cancers. Explore 10 key facts from the report.
Childhood Cancer Research News
For experts in the field, the topic of childhood cancers evoke both enthusiasm about a story of great progress and frustration with barriers they have yet to overcome. In this Q&A, we invited a roundtable of top childhood cancer experts to share their perspectives on what has been accomplished, what more needs to be done, and on the unique challenges children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer – and their loved ones – face during and after treatment.
Cancer and its treatment come with a host of physical and emotional side effects. These can include symptoms such as nausea, fatigue, and depression. Some side effects may also continue after a patient is finished with treatment. A rapidly evolving and growing field that specializes in addressing these issues – known as palliative care – has taken shape in recent years.
Dr. Joanne Wolfe has spent her professional career dealing with some of the most emotionally challenging situations a clinician can face: helping children with advanced cancer. The driving force behind her research is a lesson she learned early on. It was, she says, “simply to ask the right question,” and the question she landed on was “whether the quality of care for children with advanced cancer is good enough.”