Childhood Cancer Research News

Childhood Cancer Research: Challenges and Opportunities

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.

Easing the Burden of Cancer Through Palliative Care

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.

Joanne Wolfe: Innovating Pediatric Palliative Care

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.”