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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.

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