September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
The Current situation at a glance.
Over 950 children and adolescents will be diagnosed with cancer each year in Australia.
One in five of these childhood cancers will be a sarcoma.
Each week, three children adolescents will die from cnacer.
Tow in five sarcoma patients will die from their disease. This increases if the cancer has spread upon diagnosis.
Childhood cancer survivors have a much higher risk of developing other malignancies later in life.
One in five sarcoma survivors will go on to develop a subsequent cancer or another sarcoma within ten years.
This month we shine the spotlight on the outstanding work of all cancer researchers, clinicians, dedicated nursing staff, treating hospitals and not for profits, whose focus is finding a cure through innovative clinical studies, improved standards of treatment and care, and funding research for childhood cancer.
It is also a time when we remember those children undergoing treatment, those yet to be diagnosed, and those who have tragically lost their lives to cancer in this country.
Sarcoma affects all ages, however it hits our young disproportionately hard.
As a dedicated sarcoma organisation, we wish to specifically highlight the outstanding work of Dr Emmy Fleuren, Senior Scientist, Zero Childhood Cancer Personalised Medicine Programme, Children’s Cancer Institute, whose research surrounding sarcoma specific high level tumour analysis stands to revolutionise the way we approach treatment for sarcoma in the future. Dr Fleuren joins her esteemed colleagues at the CCIA working tirelessly to advance a cure for all childhood cancers.
To hear more about Dr Fleuren’s remarkable Phosphoproteomics programme in our recent Let’s Talk About Sarcoma podcast series, click the link below.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all contributors working toward a cure for all childhood cancers.