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Improving Time to Diagnosis for Pediatric and Young Adult Cancer Patients

We were pleased to  present the May All-Member Webinar on May 12.  Sue Guisto (Friends of Cathryn Foundation) and Steve Crowley helped us host a speaker program that included Drs. David Walker and Scott Coven speaking on  Improving Time to Diagnosis for Pediatric and Young Adult Cancer Patients The presentation addressed the reasons why and solutions for detecting symptoms of cancer in children earlier in the diagnosis timeline.  Speakers founded the UK’s Head Smart Program which has effectively addressed delayed diagnosis in children’s brain tumors.     Many parents of children who have or are battling cancer have experienced the frustration [...] Read more

Liquid Biopsy for Early Cancer Detection in Patients with Cancer Predisposition Syndromes

In April's CAC2 All-Member Webinar, Dr. Brian D. Crompton (pediatric oncologist at Dana Farber/Boston Children's Hospital) and CAC2 Member Greg Harper (Living LFS) presented about the possibilities with emerging technology identifying circulating cancer cells with liquid biopsies, using Li-Fraumeni Syndrome as a case study. The presentation below described the investigation into a liquid biopsy for Li-Fraumeni Syndrome patients and the EDISYN consortium and how nonprofits partnering with medical research centers to help empower patients and families. Read more

Childhood Cancer Advocacy: Action Day 2021

In April's Special Edition CAC2 All-Member Webinar CAC2 Member Danielle Leach (National Brain Tumor Society and the Alliance for Childhood Cancer) highlighted the opportunity for online issues and advocacy training and pre-arranged Zoom meetings with Members of Congress and their staffs.  Action Day 2021 promises to be very exciting. Thanks to a fully virtual setting, more advocates than ever can participate in effective, meaningful interactions with members of Congress and their staff.  Please register to participate in Action Day activities and advocate virtually for the pediatric cancer community. Action Day Registration Training, April 20, 1:00-3:00 ET Action Day Virtual Hil [...] Read more

20 Years of Neuroblastoma Research Progress

Have you wondered what has driven the progress in treating relapsed and refectory neuroblastoma patients?  If so, you may be interested in watching our November All-Member Webinar.  CAC2 Member Gavin Lindberg (EVAN Foundation) hosted a speaker program that included Drs. Kate Matthay, Judy Villablanca, and Steve DuBois speaking on:  20 Years of Neuroblastoma Research Progress. These leaders of the New Approaches to Neuroblastoma Therapy (NANT) consortium informed the audience about the progress and challenges associated with developing new strategies for refractory and relapsed neuroblastoma patients. We also learned about the history of this 20 year-old, multi-institution network, their collaborations with the Children’s [...] Read more

Pediatric Cancer Data Commons: A Story of Impact and Promise

Have you heard of the ways in which data science is advancing pediatric cancer research?  You may be interested in watching our October All-Member Webinar. CAC2 Member Mariah Forster Olson (Neuroblastoma Cancer research Foundation) introduced Dr. Sam Volchenboum, who spoke about his work leading the Pediatric Cancer Data Commons at the University of Chicago Medicine.  During the presentation Volchenboum highlighted the ways in which data science is advancing pediatric cancer research and discussed how this work can be influential for cancer survivors.  He was gracious enough to answer the many questions posed by our members. Dr. Volchenboum graciously allowed us [...] Read more

An Ounce of Prevention, A Lifetime of Health: Childhood Cancer Prevention Initiative

Dr. Margaret Kripke, Professor of Immunology and Vivian L. Smith Chair Emerita at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Dr. Philip Landrigan, Professor of Biology at Boston College and Director of the Program for Global Public Health and the Common Good joined CAC2 Members Jonathan Agin (Max Cure Foundation), Mary Beth Collins, and Anne Robertson to discuss a soon-to-be unveiled childhood cancer prevention initiative. This informative webinar allowed CAC2 members to learn the basics about preventing childhood cancer and the vulnerabilities to environmental toxins and current treatment regimens experienced by children. The panel discussion provided an overview about [...] Read more

The Art and Science of Navigating the Clinical Trials Landscape for Childhood Cancer

Our June CAC2 All-Member webinar explored the world of clinical trials and helped us understand the important role of clinical trial navigation, a topic that is growing in importance as the number and variety of options for pediatric and adolescent oncology patients has begun to grow. Brenna Carswell, Clinical Trials Navigator at Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, and Michael Wenger, Vice President of Patient Engagement at Trialscope, covered the basic trends in trial enrollment and the challenges and solutions to improving access to clinical trials for children and teens with cancer.  Both Brenna and Michael are cancer survivors! Read more

What is a Pediatric Study Plan?

Our May CAC2 All-Member webinar focused on how pediatric cancer study plans are developed.  CAC2 Member Kelli Wright (CureSearch) introduced Dr. Brenda Weigel from University of Minnesota’s Masonic Cancer Center and Dr. Samuel Blackman of Day One Biopharmaceuticals as they addressed: What is a Pediatric Study Plan (PSP)? How is it created and by who? How does FDARA/RACE for Children impact PSP development? Where in the process are the opportunities to create better PSPs? Currently, regulatory agencies require that a pharmaceutical or biotechnology company submit a Pediatric Study Plan (PSP) to confirm the suitability of drug usage in the pediatric [...] Read more

Cancer in Children with Birth Defects: What Can We Learn from Population-Based Studies 

Our April CAC2 All-Member webinar hosted by Donna Ludwinski (Solving Kids Cancer) introduced Drs. Jeremy Schraw and Philip Lupo of Baylor College of Medicine who spoke about their research on nonchromosomal cancer predisposition. Studies show that birth defects are one of the strongest risk factors for cancer in children, but who is at risk and why? To address these questions, the presenters performed the largest investigation of cancer risk in children with birth defects to date. They discussed how a child’s risk of cancer relates to the type and number of birth defects they are diagnosed with, evidence for possible genetic and [...] Read more

Tissue Donation: The Critical but often Overlooked Piece of the Research Puzzle

Our February CAC2 All-Member webinar focused on the role that tumor tissue can play in childhood cancer research efforts.  Katie Gnatt from Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation and Ginny McLean from Swifty Foundation welcomed Dr. Patrick Reynolds, Director of The Childhood Cancer Repository, and Dr. Angela Waanders, Director of Precision Medicine Oncology and Executive Board Chair of the Children's Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium to present the webinar. Dr. Reynolds spoke about tissue donation/collection during treatment and Dr. Waanders spoke on post mortem tissue collection.  As we move towards a world with less toxic, more personalized forms of treatment, the availability of different types [...] Read more