Monthly Archives: January 2014

Haven’s High Steppers High Step For Daughter

When Haven was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2012, she was just 2 years old, and her family was shocked. The cancer was found in her adrenal gland and required 8 rounds ofchemotherapy, radiation, MIBG therapy, and stem cell transplant. Haven is still recovering from the stem cell transplant, but is back at school and receives chemotherapy every three weeks. While […]

Researcher Examines the Body’s Immune System in Search of Treatments for Osteosarcoma

Osteosarcoma is a primary bone cancer affecting approximately 400 children and adolescents in the United States each year. Current treatment for this cancer is usually extensive surgery followed by chemotherapy. Even with aggressive treatment, the survival rate is just 60-70%. Further, about 40% of patients with osteosarcoma experience metastatic (cancer that has spread) or recurrent disease. For […]

Late effects linked to poor quality of life in long-term childhood cancer survivors

Improved treatments and technologies are leading to more children than ever who survive cancer. Unfortunately, about 70% of these children experience late effects from their disease and treatment 30 years after their cancer diagnosis. These effects significantly impact their quality of life. “The prevalence of these symptoms accounts for a huge variance in physical, mental, […]

Meet the Children: Luke Anderson

Meghan Anderson is an experienced oncology nurse. So, when her 2-year-old son, Luke, had a fever that wasn’t getting better with over-the-counter medication, she checked his stomach to see if it was something else. What she discovered surprised her. Luke had a mass in his abdomen. She rushed Luke to Wilson’s Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, […]

Day in the Life: Sarah Dill

Sarah Dill’s grandmother showed her the importance of giving back from a young age. After losing her son to leukemia when he was just three, Sarah’s grandmother was passionate about supporting children’s cancer research and awareness – a passion she shares with her granddaughter. Throughout high school, Sarah created and worked on Rockin’ for A […]

Researcher Examines Impact of Extra Chromosome on Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Human cells are made of many parts, including chromosomes which are organized structures of DNA. Their job is to help direct the actions of various types of cells. There are 23 chromosomes and normally, each cell contains 2 copies of each chromosome for a total of 46 chromosomes. Scientists have long known that many types of […]

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