Studies Aim to Improve Survival Rates for Kids with Adult Cancers

Studies Aim to Improve Survival Rates for Kids with Adult Cancers

Source: On the Pulse

When speaking about breast and colorectal cancers, typicallyyou wouldn’t think of children. These cancers are considered adult conditionsand rarely occur in individuals under the age of 21. But according to two newstudies from the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), although these diseases arerare in kids, they do still occur. “The thought that kids even face these diseases issurprising,” said Dr. Morgan Richards, research fellow in the division ofgeneral surgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital. “But that’s why it’s importantto study such diseases.” According to investigators at Seattle Children’s Hospitaland Maine Medical Center, who presented this week at the 2014 Clinical Congressof the American College of Surgeons, the studies highlight the need for anincreased awareness among pediatric clinicians that these cancers do occur inchildren and a stronger collaboration between adult clinicians and pediatriccare providers to increase survival rates.

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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