Steven E. Lipshultz, MD, is senior author on a new study that shows healthier hearts in long-term childhood cancer survivors treated with a new drug, dexrazoxane, to protect their hearts from heart-damaging chemotherapy — even in those treated nearly 20 years ago.
Survivors of childhood cancer who became pregnant in adulthood are as likely to have healthy babies as those without a history of cancer, according to a new study. Their children also didn’t have higher risks of birth defects or other health problems at birth. However, the study does suggest that these women face other pregnancy risks that may warrant more intensive obstetric care. For example, women who had been treated for cancer as children had higher risks of several severe complications during pregnancy, delivery, and the period after delivery.
Washington Post reports that many children with cancer in Ukraine are being forced to take cover and continue their treatment in the basement of one of the country’s largest pediatric hospitals, as fighting continues around them.
A growing number of cancer clinical trial protocols have opened up enrollment to adolescents, as recommended in the FDA guidance documents, Cancer Clinical Trial Eligibility Criteria: Minimum Age Considerations for Inclusion of Pediatric Patients and Considerations for the Inclusion of Adolescent Patients in Adult Oncology Clinical Trials.Upon approval, FDA has granted these therapies indications based on the broader patient population.
Researchers in The Netherlands found that one third of children they studied with kidney tumour have a hereditary predisposition, a much larger percentage than expected.