childhood cancer

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The Cancer That Kills the Most Kids Isn't Leukemia

Brain cancer now claims more lives

(Newser) - Brain cancer is now the deadliest childhood cancer in the US, moving ahead of leukemia as a result of improved leukemia treatment and a frustrating lack of progress on brain cancer. Government statisticians reported the change in rankings Friday, drawing from a review of 15 years of death certificates, the... More »

Girl With Cancer Gets Final, Unforgettable Christmas

'In the worst of circumstances we have seen the best in others'

(Newser) - A 4-year-old Virginia girl given months to live in September held on for one final Christmas before passing away Tuesday, reports WTVR . But thanks to friends, neighbors, and complete strangers, Virginia Rose Vandermark had a magical Christmas before Dec. 25 hit. According to ABC News , Virginia was diagnosed with acute... More »

Young Boy's Cancer No Match for True Love

'She is kinda like the real Snow White'

(Newser) - After their 8-year-old son David was diagnosed with cancer for the fourth time in his short life, his parents decided to stop treatment and let him be a normal kid for the time he had left, WTKR reports. Little did the Spisaks know what a major life event David would... More »

Town Comes Together to Give Boy With Cancer One More Christmas

St. George, Canada, will be celebrating Christmas on Saturday

(Newser) - A small Canadian town is providing a real-life Christmas miracle to a 7-year-old boy with a brain tumor, bumping up the holiday by two months to make sure he can experience one last Christmas, WPTZ reports. According to ABC News , Evan Leversage has been fighting cancer for five years and... More »

Years Later, Big Problems for Kids Who Kicked Cancer

By age 45, 95% have chronic condition

(Newser) - We all face health problems as we age, but a new study finds an "extraordinarily high" rate of chronic health issues among childhood cancer survivors—many of whom were unaware of their condition. The study of more than 1,700 adults at least 10 years past diagnosis found that... More »

Growing Up Near Traffic Boosts Kids' Cancer Risk

Study indicates that kids suffer from living near exhaust

(Newser) - Living near traffic may be even worse for kids than previously believed, a new study suggests. California researchers ranked parts of the state based on their exhaust-related pollution, studied their populations, and found that kids from the more polluted areas were at a greater risk for certain childhood cancers, including... More »

Girls' Cancer Treatments Hike Breast Cancer Risk as much as 7 times

(Newser) - The powerful therapies used to treat cancer in girls drastically increase their odds of suffering breast cancer as adults—by as much as six or seven times, a study finds. For most women, the odds of getting breast cancer by age 50 are about 4%. Among women who received chest... More »

Child Cancer Survivors Risk Heart Trouble Years Later

Weakening starts to show in young adults

(Newser) - Kids who’ve conquered cancer can end up battling the effects of treatment years later as young adults, the Wall Street Journal reports. Some 10% of kids treated with drugs called anthracyclines, powerful against leukemia and other cancers, later suffer from progressive  weakening of the heart that can lead to... More »

Gorbachev Ballads Album Fetches $160K at Auction

(Newser) - A CD of Mikhail Gorbachev singing traditional Russian ballads has sold for $164,940 at a charity auction in London, the Guardian reports. The sole copy is now in the hands of an “anonymous British philanthropist.” The benefit was held to raise money for a foundation, named after... More »

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