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Childhood Cancer

Children Cancer Survivors May Face Mental Health Challenges Later In Life

Posted 09.20.2013 | Parents

By Kathleen Raven (Reuters Health) - People who had cancer as children are more likely to be treated for neurodevelopmental, emotional or behav...

Aspiring Neurosurgeon Survives Brain Cancer

Dr. Lisa T. Williams | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Dr. Lisa T. Williams

There wasn't much of that interview he remembered, but the one question that stuck out in his mind was what type of doctor he wanted to be when he grew up. "I want to be a pediatric neurosurgeon," he answered. Four days later, the first headache came.

Dear Bill Thompson, About That Gigantic Bloomberg Dump...

Matthew Chapman | Posted 11.13.2013 | New York
Matthew Chapman

I can't speak for anyone else, but I will support you if you continue. However, if you decide to leave the race and want to reward your most stalwart and effective supporters, here's how.

7 Ways To Help A Family Facing Cancer -- And 3 Things NOT To Do

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 11.11.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

We worry about scaring our children, and cancer can be scary. But by involving your children in helping, not only do you teach them compassion, you give them an important perspective.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: 22 Signs You're a Cancer Parent Pro

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 11.11.2013 | Parents
Suzanne Leigh

You are constantly on the lookout for attractive hats for your child. You are never without tissues and Tylenol. You know that you'll probably have a thumping headache and/or shed a torrent of tears at least once a day.

Tale of Two Futures: Mom Reflects On Childhood Cancer

Tamiko Toland | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Tamiko Toland

So many of these "hopeless" cases have returned home with buoyant grins and newly sprouting hair. Others have slipped beyond their parents' grasp, where a mother's final hope is that researchers can learn from her child's disease and save others in the future.

Awareness... What A Bullsh*t Word

Erin Santos | Posted 11.10.2013 | Parents
Erin Santos

Times are changing. These kids are fighting harder and longer. Their stories are getting out there because the chemo drugs are not curing kids, but they are extending their lives. People ARE aware of them. Awareness of pediatric cancer is out there. But now we are getting stalled because the movement is not moving.

Allowing a Child's Dream to Take Shape - Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Jay Scott | Posted 11.05.2013 | Impact
Jay Scott

When my daughter, Alexandra "Alex" Scott, told a reporter in 2004 that she wanted to raise $1 million to help find a cure for childhood cancer, the first thing that went through many people's minds (including mine) was -- that's impossible.

Don't Kill (Children) Bill - An Open Invitation to Bill de Blasio

Matthew Chapman | Posted 11.05.2013 | New York
Matthew Chapman

Here are ten good reasons for Bill de Blasio to change his mind about ramming a massive two acre, ten story high garbage site into the heart of a residential neighborhood with over 2200 public housing residents within a quarter mile.

Thanks for Nothing, Mr. President

Jonathan Agin | Posted 11.04.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

Lighting the White House gold would not cure any children or provide additional research funding. But that is not the point.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: 8 Brutal Truths to Choke On

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 11.03.2013 | Impact
Suzanne Leigh

As a parent who lost her child to a brain tumor, I'm commemorating September's Childhood Cancer Awareness Month by red-flagging those obstacles that prevent us from raising survival rates for our youngest warriors.

5 Resources You Really Need When Kids Are Impacted by Cancer

Joy Huber | Posted 10.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Joy Huber

The back-to-school transition is easy in comparison to the transition a kid must make when diagnosed with or impacted by a loved one's cancer.

Is Laughter Really the Best Medicine?

Jay Scott | Posted 10.12.2013 | Impact
Jay Scott

Are you wondering what exactly I mean by pranks? Sure, I tell my fair share of jokes, but I also like to remind all of Team Alex that we deal with a heavy topic here, so to keep ourselves on the right track, we have fun too.

Why Back-To-School Season Is So Painful For Me

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 10.05.2013 | Parents
Suzanne Leigh

"Back-to-School Specials!!!" scream the store placards. They are a reminder that now might be the time to get a discounted backpack for my younger daughter, but more potently, they nudge me back to my default: The bereaved mom aching for the child who will always be dead.

Childhood Cancer Advocacy and Direction: The Tail Wagging the Dog

Jonathan Agin | Posted 10.01.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

I believe that insistence must be placed upon investing in research that has multiple controls in the form of collaborative checks and balances.

The Equitable Inequities of Childhood Cancer

Jonathan Agin | Posted 09.17.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

Childhood cancer does not discriminate. Childhood cancer simply is. It exists as a killer that cares not for arbitrary divisions. We can and should learn from this example of unfortunate unity.

Family Of YouTube Star Who Died Asks For Donations To Girl's Favorite Charity

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.18.2013 | Impact

As relatives prepared on Thursday to say goodbye to Talia Castellano, the YouTube star who captured hearts across the world, they asked supporters to ...

Words of Wisdom From My Daughter: 'Be Grateful For What You Do Have, Not Unhappy For What You Don't'

Jay Scott | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Jay Scott

I learned so much from my daughter Alex, and am eternally grateful for those years that I did have with her. I continue to hold her close now, and follow in her footsteps to better treatments and cures. We won't let you down.

PHOTOS: What Total Strangers Did For A 2-Year-Old Cancer Patient

The Huffington Post | Farah L. Miller | Posted 07.16.2013 | Parents

This is Hazel Hammersley. She is 2 years old. On April 21, 2013, Hazel was diagnosed with a neuroblastoma tumor in her abdomen. Hazel ...

Buying Pot For My 11-Year-Old

Suzanne Leigh | Posted 09.10.2013 | Parents
Suzanne Leigh

At a retreat for parents of children with brain tumor and neuroblastoma, a group of us discuss alternative treatments. One parent mentions vitamins, another brings up curcumin. I mention our foray into the pot club.

Mr. President, Did the Childhood Cancer Community Miss Your Call?

Jonathan Agin | Posted 08.31.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

President Obama, perhaps you recall that back in January 2013 I reached out to you to talk about three specific small asks for the childhood cancer co...

End of Life Equality in the Childhood Cancer Community

Jonathan Agin | Posted 08.20.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

So, why is there no standard of care for children in the United States in hospice situations? That is a good question.

Celebrating a Special Father's Day Thanks to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Craig Dismuke | Posted 08.17.2013 | Impact
Craig Dismuke

Father's Day has always been a day of thanksgiving for me. I've always been thankful that I have a solid man for a father, a gift that has given my l...

This 9-year-old Cancer Survivor Is Taking Back the Term 'Bucket List' (PHOTO)

Seamus McKiernan | Posted 08.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Seamus McKiernan

This 9-year-old cancer survivor is on a mission to take back the term "bucket list." One game of "messy twister" at a time. Maya, a third grader from Ohio who is battling a rare form of leukemia, wants to share her "bucket list for summer 2013" (below) to inspire others -- healthy or sick, old or young -- to get busy living.

How Far Would You Go... A Million Miles?

Jay Scott | Posted 08.13.2013 | Impact
Jay Scott

There aren't many certainties in this life, but one thing I know for sure is that when your child is sick, fighting a life-threatening illness, as a parent, you would do anything to cure them.