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Cancer community concerned about EU proposal
A recent European Parliament resolution may impose that researchers be required to ask for a patient's ‘specific’ consent each time new research is carried out on already available data and/or tissues. The unintended consequence of the wording may put at stake the practice of retrospective clinical research, tissue banking and population-based cancer registries.


Failure to adopt a healthy lifestyle increases risk of metabolic syndrome in childhood cancer survivors
A recent St. Jude Lifetime Cohort Study that included childhood cancer survivors of various cancers as participants found that survivors who fail to maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle more than double their risk of developing metabolic syndrome. -The ASCO Post


Reproductive consequences for curing childhood cancer
Although the number of childhood cancer survivors is increasing and many grow up to live healthy lives, cancer treatments can take away an important choice in adulthood. – Pacific Standard


Biomarker predicts effectiveness of brain cancer treatment
New research from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine may help determine which glioblastoma patients will benefit most from temozolomide chemotherapy. Currently, all glioblastoma patients are treated with temozolomide, but only 15 percent of them experience long-lasting benefits.


New genes that promote cancer discovered
Researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute and 36 other institutes have discovered two oncogenes that cause childhood brain cancer when activated. This may eventually allow doctors to adjust therapies for medulloblastoma patients to target the genes that are actually causing the growth of the tumor. – Sanford-Burnham


Childhood cancer survivors face more health issues in adulthood
According to a federally funded study led by researchers at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, adult survivors of childhood cancer face significant health problems as they age. The study shows that these survivors are five times more likely than their siblings to develop new cancers beyond the age of 35. –Science Daily


Parents donate child’s tumor tissue to research
After losing their 6-year-old son to DIPG, parents Lenore and Trevor Wyant donated his tumor tissue to research, hoping to find answers for other children battling the disease. Because of donated tissue samples, scientists were able to conduct the studies that led to the discovery reported in 2012, that unique genetic mutations are present in 80 percent of DIPG samples. –USA Today