Digesting the Research out of ASCO’s Annual Meeting

Important reading for my fellow cancer parents from The Children’s Cause Blog…

The Children's Cause Blog

Official 50th emblem_smallThe 2014 ASCO Annual Meeting took place at the start of June in Chicago and it was a milestone year as the conference celebrated its 50th year bringing together oncology specialists from around the country.

There were many presentations and poster sessions related to pediatric cancer — far too many to share with you here! But we do want to highlight a few that caught our eye:

  • Breast Cancer RiskThis study finds that female survivors of childhood cancer have a four times greater risk of developing breast cancer compared to the general population — even if they were never treated with chest radiation. Breast cancer in this population is more likely to strike at a younger age (age 38 for childhood cancer survivors compared with 61 in the general population) and to affect both breasts. Survivors of childhood leukemias and sarcomas were at particularly elevated risk, suggesting a possible link to…

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