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Guest Blog–National Cancer Institute Launches Molecular Characterization Initiative for Childhood Cancer Research

The National Cancer Institute’s new Molecular Characterization Initiative (MCI) fosters data sharing in childhood cancer research. The program currently offers comprehensive molecular characterization of tumors to children, adolescents, and young adults (AYAs) with newly diagnosed central nervous system tumors receiving care at hospitals affiliated with the Children’s Oncology Group. The DNA and RNA in participants’ tumors are analyzed through this voluntary, free program.    Participants’ tumor and blood samples are analyzed in an accredited lab, with results shared with families and doctors within 21 days. This detailed information about the cancer can be used to make a more precise diagnosis, […]

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CAC2 Collaborative Achievement–Foundations Moving Towards A Venture Philanthropy Model

This collaborative research effort was due in part to childhood cancer groups coming together as part of CAC2. CAC2 salutes CAC2 Member Organizations The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation, Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation, The Children’s Cancer Research Fund, along with other community partners who have joined forces with CAC2 Supporting Organization Oncoheroes Biosciences in a unique effort against childhood cancer.  These foundations choose to invest in drug development to get promising drugs across the developmental “valley of death.” The drug development process consists of a long and arduous series of steps to bring a new pharmaceutical drug to the market. The valley of death is […]

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Guest Blog–Let’s Fight This with Food

By Guest Blogger Hilary Woo, Dietetic Intern, Texas Woman’s University Fighting with food has been a motto that I’ve had ever since deciding to pursue a career as a registered dietitian. In fact, the moment I decided to be a dietitian was during a volunteer program in high school at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. I’ve always known that I wanted to work in pediatrics in some field whether it be as a nurse, doctor, dietitian, teacher, etc. However, MD Anderson helped me to find my passion in nutrition, and for that reason as well as personally being impacted by cancer through family members, I’ve […]

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Five Categories of Childhood and Adolescent Cancer Survivorship

The CAC2 Survivorship Working Group assembled this document to help categorize survivorship issues for the community.  It is by no means an exhaustive list, but it gives examples of some of the challenges that survivors face in each of the categories that our group has identified.   EDUCATIONAL: Academic Success – how to achieve it, partner with the schools, how a family can encourage it from home Core Competencies – Prepare and Share with School Counselors, Educators, School Nurses, Doctors, Child and Adolescent Therapists, etc. Developing plans to help students Individualized Education Program (IEP) vs. 504 Plan Emphasize plans need to […]

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Why Gene Therapy is No Longer a Pipe Dream

CAC2 Research Explained CAC2 members and guests who are also professionals in the field of childhood cancer research find and curate important work and provide pointers and explanations for our general membership. CAC2 Member Laurie Orloski, PharmD, found and curated the article in the link below: It is well appreciated that cancer is a disease of the human genome, arising from alterations in DNA. In 2017, the US FDA granted its very first regulatory approval of a gene therapy, specifically for the treatment of pediatric and young adult B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia: anti-CD19 chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell immunotherapy [...] Read more


CAC2 Research Explained CAC2 members who are also professionals in the field of cancer research find and curate important work and provide pointers and explanations for our general membership. Raquel Sitcheran, PhD found and curated the three articles cited below. One of the most remarkable findings in childhood cancer research in recent years has been the discovery that defects or mutations in genes that encode histones are directly linked to tumor growth. Histones are proteins that bind DNA and control how DNA wraps and coils itself to form more condensed chromosomes (see Figure). They not only provide structural support for [...] Read more