Monthly Research Roundup: Tough to Treat Leukemias, Pediatric Oncology Social Workers, and More

September Research Roundup

Every day American Cancer Society researchers and scientists across the world are working to find cancer cures -- and better ways to treat and prevent the disease. Below are some of the interesting stories our researchers think you should know about from September.

  • Looking for leukemia treatments: Two recently identified types of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) are extremely difficult to treat with existing drugs. Researchers are trying to figure out why this is and are working to find treatments that will give children with these types of leukemia better outcomes.
  • The unique role of social workers in childhood cancer: Pediatric oncology social workers help families cope with every part of the cancer journey – from understanding the diagnosis and treatment plan to navigating emotional, social, and financial issues. Beverly Bagwell, LCSW, who has been a pediatric oncology social worker at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for more than 15 years, knows the intricacies of this journey very well.
  • Key childhood cancer facts: Explore 10 key statistics about childhood cancer from American Cancer Society researchers’ 2014 special report on childhood cancer.
  • Predicting early menopause risk in women treated for Hodgkin disease: Researchers from The Institute of Cancer Research in London have created a method for estimating the risk of early menopause associated with different treatment types for Hodgkin disease based on a woman’s age.
  • Chest radiation helps small cell lung cancer patients live longer: Researchers have found that adding chest radiation to standard treatment helped people with advanced small cell lung cancer live longer and reduced the chances of the cancer coming back in the chest.

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