Published on in CHOP News
The Cancer Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia kicks off Childhood Cancer Awareness Month with a specialized advocacy toolkit to harness The Power of C—Connecting Against Childhood Cancer.
This advocacy toolkit, available at cancer.chop.edu/cancerawareness, was developed as a way to partner with our Cancer Center patient-families and the larger community to make a difference in the fight against childhood cancer.
The need to advocate for children with cancer
In 2010, close to 11,000 children will be diagnosed with cancer, and 1,300 will die of the disease. We need to develop better treatments to cure kids of their cancer, and minimize the long-term side effects of these powerful drugs,” said John Maris, MD, director of the Cancer Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “Childhood Cancer Awareness Month brings these issues to the forefront, and I invite everyone to join the cause to fight against childhood cancer by partnering with the Cancer Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.”
The Cancer Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia invites families whose lives have been touched by childhood cancer to advocate, fundraise and share their personal stories to raise awareness of pediatric cancer and support research efforts at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and beyond
Pediatric cancer research at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
As one of the largest pediatric cancer centers in the country, the Cancer Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia offers the most cutting-edge treatments available for kids with cancer, many of which have been pioneered by CHOP physician-scientists. One example: Physician-scientist Stephan Grupp, MD identified a drug called sirolimus to prevent relapse and graft vs. host disease for children with leukemia who undergo a blood and marrow transplant (BMT). This clinical trial was piloted at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and is now part of a national study, giving new hope to children with a particularly grim prognosis. This is just one of many discoveries in the research lab that has been effectively translated to help patients at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and across the country.
Join the fight against childhood cancer
Join The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in recognizing Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout September, Children’s Hospital will sponsor events and offer an advocacy toolkit with the goal of raising awareness and funds so the Cancer Center can continue to develop new and better treatments for kids with cancer.
Get involved in the fight against childhood cancer now.