Surgical resection associated with OS in children with low-grade gliomas
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Aggressive surgical resection increased chances for OS among pediatric patients with low-grade gliomas, according to data from a Mayo Clinic study. In addition, adding radiation to surgery resulted in similar outcomes among patients in whom complete removal was not possible. Results from the study were presented at the Society for NeuroOncology Annual Scientific Meeting and Education Day in Montreal. More
Gene scan shows childhood brain cancer is different
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A study of the genetic map of brain tumors in children shows they have many fewer mutations than similar tumors in adults — meaning it may someday be easier to treat them, researchers reported. The study of medulloblastoma, the most common type of brain cancer in children, also turned up some new mutations, the researchers reported in the journal Science. More
Intensive chemotherapy can dramatically boost survival of older teenage leukemia patients
More effective risk-adjusted chemotherapy and sophisticated patient monitoring helped push cure rates to nearly 88 percent for older adolescents enrolled in a St. Jude Children's Research Hospital acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) treatment protocol and closed the survival gap between older and younger patients battling the most common childhood cancer. A report in the Journal of Clinical Oncology noted that overall survival jumped 30 percent in the most recent treatment era for ALL patients who were age 15 through 18 when their cancer was found. More
Coping with childhood cancer: One family's story
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Sue and Andrew Poynting were living in Canberra, Australia, with their children Matthew and Amy when their daughter was diagnosed with brain cancer. "The first diagnosis was a brain tumor and I didn't think it would be malignant," Sue Poynting recalls, "then they said it's malignant, it's 10 centimeters in size inside her 3-year-old head, and it had metastasized. "That really hit me like a truck," she remembers, "my whole body sunk and I felt like my soul had been taken away from me." More
Cold caps may help cancer patients keep their hair
The idea that freezing the scalp could help preserve hair during chemotherapy has been around since the 1970s, when patients strapped bags of ice cubes to their heads. Cooling the scalp dramatically causes the blood vessels surrounding hair roots to contract, reducing the amount of chemotherapy drugs delivered to the follicle. Early trials of several devices resulted in problems such as scalp frostbite or hair that fell out in patterns that matched the coils on a cap. Freezing devices including the cold caps and the DigniCaps, as well as products by two other makers, are used throughout Europe, Scandinavia, Japan and other countries, though none has been approved by the FDA in the U.S. FDA officials declined to comment on the feasibility study being conducted by Dignitana. More
Better HIV screening worthwhile in US, study finds
Expanding screening for the AIDS virus to include every American at least once and the highest-risk people once a year could prevent more than 80,000 infections over the next 20 years, researchers projected. And if treatment for infected people were integrated into such a program, it would prevent an estimated 212,000 new infections, the team at Yale University in Connecticut and Stanford University in California reported. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends universal screening — testing everyone at least once for the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS. But little or no funding has gone to such a program. More
Plenty of kids' doctors, but in the wrong places, study shows
There are enough children's doctors in the United States, they just work in the wrong places, a new study finds. Some wealthy areas are oversaturated with pediatricians and family doctors. Other parts of the nation have few or none. Nearly 1 million kids live in areas with no local children's doctor. By moving doctors, the study suggests, it would be possible for every child to have a pediatrician or family physician nearby. More
Health law fix to save Children's from added costs
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The Senate voted to fix an error in the federal health care law that could cost children's hospitals millions of dollars in added drug costs to treat children with rare diseases. The change was included in a broader bill that would extend through next year a Medicare physician payment formula. The legislation ensures that Medicare and Tricare — the health program for military service members and retirees — would continue paying physicians at current levels instead of cutting reimbursements. More
APHON Webinar: Let's Talk about Sex!
Developing Patient Education Materials about Sex for Teens and Young Adults with Cancer
Thursday, January 20, 2011
1 p.m. (EST)
Members: $49 (per site) Nonmembers: $129 (per site)
Speakers Janie Teresa Lappan, MEd BScN RN CPHON™ and Lindsay Wizowski, MEd BScN of the interdisciplinary pediatric oncology team at McMaster Children's Hospital will present evidence-based, patient-centered, patient education materials for teens and young adults regarding sex and sexuality. The need for these patient education materials was identified after an incidental finding of pregnancy during routine follow up scans on a 15 year old cancer patient. When a review of the literature and existing patient education materials was conducted, they found a lack of available information pertaining to sex and sexuality specific to teens and young adults with cancer.
The materials to be presented are intended for nurses and health professionals, and students in the health disciplines to help facilitate discussion about sex and sexuality between health care professionals and teens and young adults. The webinar will present 60 minutes of educational content and 15 minutes of Q & A time.
CE: For an additional $15 fee, attendees of this Webinar are eligible to receive 1.5 nursing contact hours by listening to the program and successfully completing an online posttest and evaluation. For those people who are not able to participate in the live Webinar, there will be an opportunity to watch the Webinar once it is posted online and still receive the CE after purchasing the posttest for $15.
The Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.