CAC2 Childhood Cancer Community News Digest (April 29-May 5)

Assorted News from the Last Week:

Brain cancer in children is notoriously hard to treat – a new mRNA cancer vaccine triggers an attack from within.

In an analysis from the Children’s Oncology Group phase III AALL1131 study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Alexander et al found that exposure to propofol was associated with an increased risk of impairment in reaction time/processing speed at 1 year after treatment in children with high-risk B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL).

While overall cancer risk was no different for children born after fertility treatments compared with those naturally conceived, frozen or fresh embryo transfer did appear to increase risk of leukemia, according to a French cohort study.

To wrap up the inaugural National Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Month, the Biden Cancer Moonshot announced new actions to prevent cancer before it starts and expand access to cancer screenings, including an initiative by Teen Cancer America to educate its 25,000+ readers about advances in prevention and early detection.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists have identified specific DNA variants in the non-coding regions of the genome contributing to chemotherapy resistance in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

They had the same name. The same childhood cancer. They lost touch – then reunited.

Upcoming Webinars, Online Opportunities, and Meetings:

Join NCI Office of Cancer Survivorship (OCS) for this OCS Director’s Series webinar on May 7 at 2:00 ET. Dr. Veena Shankaran will present High-Quality Care Without Breaking the Bank: Strategies to Prevent Financial Hardship in Cancer Survivors.  For information and to register.

Join MIB Agents in Making It Better through TURBO, the Tumor Review Board for Osteosarcoma on May 8 from 5:00-6:00 pm ET. This virtual opportunity is designed to foster collaboration and knowledge-sharing among multidisciplinary experts globally. For information and to register.

Join Rebecca Katz, culinary innovator, and Natalie Crittendon, Occupational Therapist, for a discussion on all things nutrition as relates to illness on May 31, from 1:00-2:00 ET.  For information and to register.

Register for the Making It Better at the 7th Annual FACTOR Conference in June 20-22, 2024—an intimate gathering shaping the future of osteosarcoma care. Connect with more than 60 dedicated doctors and researchers, resilient patients and families, and insightful scientific panels in thoughtful discussions, shared experiences, with a touch of fun.  For information and to register.

The 21st International Symposium on Pediatric Neuro-Oncology (ISPNO 2024) from June 29 – July 2, 2024, and the Annual Meeting of the Brain Tumor Group of SIOP Europe (SIOPE-BTG) from June 28-29, 2024, which will take place in Philadelphia, PA.  For information and to register.

56th Congress of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP 2024), which will take place in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA | October 17-20, 2024. Registration is open and anyone who registers before July 17, 2024 can take advantage of the discounted rates.

Past Recordings:

 AACR Annual Meeting 2024: NCI Director’s Address and Fireside Chat

Take Action:

CAC2 is a member of Childhood Cancer International (CCI). They have begun a global awareness campaign to create a childhood cancer alphabet.  To join this campaign click this link and share with words that reflect your experience with childhood cancer in your own language, beginning with each letter of the alphabet. Together, in collaboration, we are strengthening our childhood cancer village. Your voice and that of your community are important!

The 2024 DIPG/Pediatric Brain Cancer Awareness Resolution will be hotlined for a vote on May 7.  In these last few hours please  ASK YOUR SENATORS to sign on as cosponsors! Visit to find your Senator’s DC office numbers…Senators Rubio and Reed, Republican and Democrat, respectively, are leading this effort and are the contacts for it. We would also appreciate your attention is H. RES. 416.  Show your support in the House here:

The Facebook group ArtVsCancer has hundreds of artists, who create free custom art for children with a life-threatening illness. We have helped many individual patients and are collaborating with Kristen King, the Manager of Child Life at Memorial Health Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah.  For information and to learn more check out the link to some of the children and their custom art

CAC2 Member Cancer Help Desk provides expert cancer navigation to anyone from anywhere.

Announcing a new Childhood Cancer Data Initiative (CCDI)–related Request for Proposals (RFP). The RFP invites proposals from organizations able to perform molecular profiling using specimens from children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer. Submissions will be accepted until 3:00 p.m. ET on June 14, 2024.


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