Advances in Childhood Cancer: Making Personalized Treatments a Reality

Submitted by megoavil on Fri, 02/24/2023 - 12:12 pm
Illustration of a child with cancer sitting on their mother's lap, while she talks with the doctor

Children often get bumps, bruises, sneezes, and sniffles. It doesn’t seem like they could get something as scary as cancer. But they can.

Every year, more than 10,000 kids in the U.S. will get a diagnosis of cancer. Some cases are caused by changes in certain genes that are passed from parents to their children. But these are rare. The causes of most cases of cancer in kids aren’t known.

Advances made over the last few decades have led to more children surviving cancer than ever before. And a better understanding of the disease means that more children with cancer are getting personalized treatments.

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