Creating the opportunity for every child with cancer to enjoy a healthy life beyond their cancer experience is the dream for pediatric oncology researchers. New grants awarded by the National Cancer Institute Moonshot Initiative through a multi-institutional, collaborative group — the Pediatric Immunotherapy Discovery and Development Network (PI-DDN) — aim to bring this dream closer to reality by fundamentally changing our understanding of how to harness the power of the immune system to treat childhood cancers.
Category Archive: Division of Oncology
Stephen P. Hunger, MD, has received numerous honors throughout his decorated career. However, winning the George R. Buchanan Lectureship Award from the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO) had particularly special meaning to the chief of the Division of Oncology and director of the Center for Childhood Cancer Research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Recognized internationally in the field of pediatric leukemia clinical care and research, Dr. George R. Buchanan— past president of ASPHO and a renowned pediatric hematology physician-researcher — was very supportive of Dr. Hunger early in his career.
A new month is about to begin, so it seems fitting that this week’s research highlights have lots of “new” initiatives that we’re excited to report.
Young scientists may have passion and brilliant ideas, but unfortunately, they often do not add up to federal funding dollars. This is particularly problematic in pediatric cancer research, which receives just 4 percent of the National Cancer Institute’s $4.95 billion budget.
Many research projects aim to keep things on track, from healthcare expenditures to patients’ long-term health. Make certain that you know of the research happenings this week at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia by reading on for more highlights.
Dr. Tan, a cancer genomics and bioinformatics researcher, joined The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in January. Within weeks of his arrival, Vice President Joe Biden launched the cancer “moonshot” initiative during a visit with cancer researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and CHOP at Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center.
Improving exclusive human milk feedings for NICU infants is a major public health issue in India, where Diane Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, director of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Breastfeeding and Lactation Program, spent two weeks teaching nurses and physicians about human milk and implementation of her 10 Step Model for Human Milk and Breastfeeding in Vulnerable Hospitals.
The LEGACY Girls Study, a study taking place across five sites in North America, is the first to focus on preadolescent girls growing up in families with breast cancer risk.
Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to pediatric cancer research, uses the proceeds from its cookie sales and other fundraising events to provide grants to support the work of scientists at five of the nation’s leading pediatric cancer centers.
Stephen Hunger, MD and a team of researchers used highly sensitive deep sequencing techniques to see how genetic changes in acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells evolve from diagnosis to remission and relapse.