CAC2 Childhood Cancer Community News Digest (March 18-24)

Assorted News from the Last Week:

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has announced that the Pediatric Cancer Data Commons (PCDC) at the University of Chicago is one of five winners of the 2023 OSTP Year of Open Science Recognition Challenge.

More than 90% of pediatric patients with cancer will experience hair loss; but in a recent study, topical minoxidil increased hair growth (hair density and thickness) in 87% of pediatric patients with chemotherapy-induced alopecia.

Doxorubicin, a common chemotherapy drug used to treat Hodgkin lymphoma conferred a significantly increased risk of breast cancer among women treated during adolescence and adulthood.

CAC2 celebrated pediatric cancer Social workers on World Social Work Day: Embracing ‘Buen Vivir’ for Transformative Change.

Researchers found that MYCN selectively increases the levels of a signaling molecule, CKLF, in neuroblastoma cells to suppress anti-tumor immune responses and promote tumor aggressiveness.

Adherence to surveillance guidelines among adult survivors of childhood cancer in Ontario, Canada is suboptimal.

Upcoming Webinars, Online Opportunities, and Meetings:


Healing Hearts was created by grieving parents who needed a haven of love and comfort along with the hope of healing. Together, we support each other in creating a life worth living, for and with our children. Healing Hearts is for Osteosarcoma Bereaved families only and meets once a month on Wednesdays from 7- 8PM ET on the following dates:  March 27 and April 24.  For information and to register.

Mettle Health is excited to announce that the first offering of the Mettle Method curriculum beginning on May 20 is now available for registration. Led by BJ Miller and Ladybird Morgan, this first training will span 10 hours over 3 days and after that, will meet as a cohort virtually over the space of months, to check-in and further integrate the material into routine life.  For information and to register.

Join Ryan’s Case for Smiles (RCFS) and Flyers Charities for JustSibs Live, a unique opportunity for teenage siblings of children with cancer on April 13, 2024, 5 pm – 9:30 pm at the Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19148.  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.

Recent Recordings:

Watch the recent town hall about the Data for Pediatric Brain Cancer Act, introduced recently in the House of Representatives by Congressmen Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA) and Mike Kelly (R-PA).

Gift from a Child debuted its video toolkit for patient care teams.  Follow the link to this video library that support post-mortem tissue donation in a professional and supportive way.

  • The Ask – How to discuss the option for post-mortem donation with families
  • The Journey of Tissue – follows tissue as it is donated, studied and the impact on research. This video is also helpful for families to understand the importance of donating.
  • GFAC Tissue Navigators – Interviews with two navigators explaining how they support caregivers and families
  • Why Donate Tissue – Covers the importance of donation from medical, scientific and family perspective
  • What Donation Has Meant to Our Family – GFAC founding families share stories on what donating has meant to them.


Take Action:


The US House passed the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act 2.0, which will reauthorize federal funding for the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) Gabriella Miller Kids First Pediatric Research Program (Kids First).  The original law has supported lifesaving pediatric research of treatments and cures for childhood cancer over the past nine years.  Contact your Senator and ask for their support of Senate version of Gabriella Miller 2.0 (S. 1624). Click here to check if your Senator is already a cosponsor.  Find your Senators here.

You are invited to participate in a study titled “Power of Human Connections” to improve mental health support using a peer-to-peer support mobile application for patient caregivers of young children with cancer. If you are the primary caregiver for a child between 0 to 14 years of age currently undergoing treatment for cancer; have access to a smartphone capable of running iOS or Android software; are comfortable using applications, technology, and digital devices, and are willing to answer the study questionnaires, have friends and family who are comfortable using applications, technology, and digital devices, and are willing to interact with technology on a smartphone, have the ability to read and understand English fluently, and have the ability to read and consent to the study and study procedures please access the informed consent and link to get started HERE.

The 2024 Evan Lindberg & Erik Ludwinski College Scholarship Program is open to high school seniors who are survivors of a high-risk cancer or in treatment for a high-risk malignancy.  Students must be accepted into a 4-year undergraduate institution and demonstrate a need for financial assistance.  For information and to apply.

Join our friends from around the world in a follow up call to action to International Childhood Cancer Day that we celebrated on February 15.  Participate by sharing the challenges you have experienced, or experience, with childhood cancer care. Your input will populate to this global map of patient experiences. To add your input to the map and join the campaign, visit, click on ‘participate.’

Visit to learn more about Li-Fraumeni syndrome, spread the word, and support families living with LFS.  The Li-Fraumeni Syndrome (LFS) is a hereditary cancer predisposition syndrome that we see in some pediatric cancer patients. During Li-Fraumeni Syndrome Awareness Month, the LFS community spreads the word about this syndrome, including pointing out such facts as:

  • 50% of LFS cancers develop before the age of 30.
  • Most cancers seen in LFS are considered rare.
  • ALL childhood cancers ARE rare.





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