Children’s cancer needs big attention!

iStock_000006901657XSmallIn 2012, it was estimated that over 1.6 million people were diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. Only about 12,000 of those cases were children. While in many ways, it’s good that childhood cancer isn’t more prevalent, it’s not all good news, because children’s cancer is considered to be a rare disease and does not get the funding needed to develop the number of drugs and treatments that become available each year for adults.

Only about 4% of NIH’s funding is dedicated to children’s cancer research. So when you factor in sequestration and budget cuts, funding is cut to a critical point. 700 fewer research grants will be funded this year. The number of people who are able to participate in clinical trials is sliced in half at many institutions. Research projects will be outsourced overseas- to the lowest bidders- to countries where quality control may be compromised.

Take a few minutes to watch this beautiful video, dedicated to children who have lost their battles with cancer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G48EsEMobp4

It hits hard, doesn’t it? Looking at these little angels who have lost this fight makes us sad- and angry- and it SHOULD make us want to DO something! So what can YOU do? Follow this link via the American Cancer Society to tell Congress to INCREASE funding for cancer research! http://www.acscan.org/research/ Let’s do everything we can to make sure that children suffering from cancer can blow out another set of birthday candles. Will you share this story? Will you make a difference?

Information from:

http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2013/06/21/how-the-sequester-hurts-cancer-patients

http://www.cancer.org/

 

10 thoughts on “Children’s cancer needs big attention!

  1. Eric Mitcheltree

    You may want to check the American Cancer Society’s contribution to pediatric cancer research… it’s less than 1%. As a father of a cancer kid, I can tell you the frustration our community feels about funding (or lack there of).
    If you really want to make a difference look into CureSearchWalk.org and St. Baldrick’s. They actually fund promising research for children.
    Thank you for shining your light on to our cause!

    1. Science Kicks Ass Post author

      Thank you for taking the time to visit and read! Pediatric cancer research is a topic that is near and dear to my heart, and I hope to get more information out there to help people understand the lack of funding. Any and all comments are appreciated, and please keep checking back! I hope that your child’s treatment is working- you will be in my prayers.

      1. Eric Mitcheltree

        Please let me know if I can help you in anyway. We need to get facts and awareness (action) out there. Most people think kids get the same cancer as adults. The truth is, many of the cancer that kids get are only seen in children and that progression, reaction and treatment are much different for children.

        Our son, Duncan, is doing great. 3 years off treatment and still cancer free. Thank you so much for your prayers.

        1. Science Kicks Ass Post author

          Thank you! And I am so glad to hear that Duncan is doing well! And you’ve echoed my thoughts- we need to raise awareness for pediatric cancer and research specifically looking at pediatric drugs and treatments. If you haven’t already, please ‘like’ my page on Facebook (link is on the blog) and help share relevant articles- I’ve found that people tend to read more on social media than following a blog. I’ve also started looking into research for new treatments that WOULD be able to work on both adults and children- for example, an earlier blog post talks about the benefits of using bone marrow from the ends of long bones instead of the middle, in the hopes of improving bone marrow transplants. This is something that would work on kids, too! May I ask, what kind of cancer was your son diagnosed with?

  2. Eric Mitcheltree

    The latest ‘breakthrough for children’s cancer seem to be working for adults too. If you have the time, look up Emily Whitehead. She was treated with a new experimental treatment that was created at CHOP and PSU…. absolutely amazing story of success.
    Most of the new pathologies that have come out for children are being adopted by adults. Especially younger adults. This leads me to believe that the cure for all cancers will come from the Pediatric research side.
    I will do my best to promote your site. Please feel free to contact me privately should you need anything.

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