Faces of Childhood Cancer
Date: June 1, 2004
There can be no crueler form of cancer than that which strikes children. Carefree days that should be spent in the playground are instead spent in the hospital. Tests, doctors’ visits and needles have become far too ordinary in these children’s lives. For them, our pediatric oncology clinicians and researchers work their hardest because they know when they cure a child, they not only save a life but a future of dreams, possibilities and accomplishments.
Cancer strikes more than 12,000 children each year. While pediatric cancers are rare, they take the lives of more children than any other disease. But, there is good news. Through research like that being done at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and the Kimmel Cancer Center, death rates have declined by more than 70 percent since 1970. Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), one of the most common types of pediatric cancers, is cured more than 80 percent of the time due, in part, to refinements in therapy developed by a Kimmel Cancer Center researcher. Innovative therapies, such as stem cell transplants, have resulted in cures in the sickest of patients. There is much to be hopeful about.
Still, our investigators and clinicians continue their work to develop safer and more targeted treatments and to develop new treatments for those patients who have not been cured.
In the pages ahead you will read of three young patients who have had a tough fight. But, with steadfast determination and the ingenuity and collaboration of a dedicated team of Hopkins pediatric cancer specialists, they have stood toe to toe with the most difficult of cancers.
Articles in this Issue
- Gene Hunters Pinpoint New Cancer Gene Target
- Faces of Childhood Cancer
- Clinical Trial in the Spotlight
- A Fighting Chance
- A Champion of Pediatric Cancer Research
- One Physician's Quest for a Treatment for the Worst Kind of Pediatric Brain Tumor
- Origin of Multiple Myeloma Found in Rare Stem Cell
- Experimental Drug Being Tested for Acute Myeloid Leukemia
- 'Switched-Off' Genes May Put First Chink in Colon Cell's Anti-Tumor Armor
- Against All Odds: Ariana's Story
- From the Laundry Room to the Laboratory
- In Lauren's Head
- Pediatric Oncology Friends Bring Rhyme and Reason to Pediatric Cancer Research
- Optimists Provide Landmark Gift to Children's Cancer Research
- Eli Kahn
- Possible Interaction Identified Between Tamoxifen and Hot Flash Drug
- Premature Aging Gene Could Have Implications for New Cancer Therapies
- Something's Fishy in Cancer Research
- Angiogenesis Gene Linked to Boimarkers in Breast Cancer
- A Cure is More than the Eradication of Cancer
- Arsenic Part of Novel Treatment for Leukemia