Along Comes Hope® provides facts about childhood cancer for you to consider.
It’s impossible to measure the impact that childhood cancer has on children and their families, but research-funding decisions are often based on numbers. Here are some facts about childhood cancer for you to consider:
Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children and adolescents in the United States. (Source: National Cancer Institute)
More than 40,000 children undergo treatment for cancer each year. (CureSearch)
All types of childhood cancer combined receive less than 4 percent of U.S. Federal funding for cancer research. (National Cancer Institute)
One out of every 300 males and 333 females in the U.S. will develop cancer before they reach their 20th birthdays. (American Society of Clinical Oncology)
8 is the average age of death for a child with cancer. (Kids v. Cancer)
Incidence of invasive pediatric cancers is up 29% in the past 20 years. And, childhood cancer survivors are at a significant risk for secondary cancers later in life. (National Cancer Institute)
In the last 20 years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved only two pediatric cancer drugs – Clolar and Erwinaze – that were initially studied in children. Other drugs for children’s cancers were first studied in or approved for adults with cancer. (American Association for Cancer Research)
NIH Childhood Cancer Links
The information below are direct links to the National Cancer Institute at the National Institute of Health.
You may find it helpful to expedite your search within some of the links below. There are many other pages within the NIH and NCI sites, as well. We are not attempting to provide medical advice, diagnoses or treatment therapies with these links below.
Research has shown that children and adolescents treated at specialized children’s cancer centers, as opposed to local hospitals, have a better outcome. Specialized children’s cancer centers are hospitals with trained oncology healthcare teams that are dedicated to improving the diagnosis and treatment of child and adolescent cancers. Most provide treatment for children from birth to 19 years of age, with some extending pediatric cancer care to age 21.
Across the United States, more than 200 children’s cancer centers that have met the quality assurance standards established by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) comprise a network of hospitals known as the Children’s Oncology Group (COG). This group of institutions work together to implement improved therapies, developed through collaborative clinical-translational research, including large-scale clinical trials that are funded by the NCI. Treatment protocols that are developed through the COG’s clinical trial research network ensure that children with similar diagnoses treated at COG institutions will receive the same treatment, regardless of where they live in the U.S.
On January 2, 2011, Dr. Peter Adamson MD assumed the five year position as Chair of the COG. Elected to this position by more than 5,000 childhood cancer Principal Investigators, clinicians, and childhood cancer experts, Dr. Adamson will play a key role in leading the future direction of basic, clinical, and translational pediatric oncology research. Dr. Adamson will continue his position as Chief of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Adamson’s expertise and passion in clinical-translational research offers hope for the development of new types of molecular-targeted therapies to treat child and adolescent cancer.
The following list provides contact information for the NCI-designated COG cancer centers:
University of Alabama at Birmingham 1802 6th Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35249 Telephone: 205-934-9999 or 1-800-822-8816 www.uabhealth.org
University of South Alabama Children’s and Women’s Hospital 1700 Center Street, Mobile, AL 36604-3391 Telephone: 251-415-1000 www.southalabama.edu/usacwh/
Phoenix Children’s Hospital 1919 E Thomas Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85016 Telephone: 602-546-1000 or 1-888-908-5437 www.phoenixchildrens.com
University of Arizona Medical Center 1501 N Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ 85724 Telephone: 520-694-0111 or 1-800-442-2868 TDD: 520-792-1906 or 1-800-367-8939 www.umcaz.org
Arkansas Children’s Hospital 1 Children’s Way, Little Rock, AR 72202 Telephone: 501-364-1100 or 501-364-1184 www.archildrens.org
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center 8700 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048 Telephone: 310-423-3277 or 1-800-233-2771 www.cedars-sinai.edu
Children’s Hospital Central California 9300 Valley Children’s Place, Madera, CA 93636 Telephone: 559-353-3000 www.childrenscentralcal.org
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles 4650 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90027 Telephone: 323-660-2450 www.chla.org
Children’s Hospital of Orange County 455 S Main St., Orange, CA 92868 Telephone: 714-997-3000 www.choc.com
City of Hope National Medical Center 1500 E Duarte Rd., Medical Office Bldg, 4th Floor, Duarte, CA 91010 Telephone: 626-256-4673 or 1-800-826-4673 www.cityofhope.org
Cottage Children’s Hospital at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Pueblo at Bath St., Santa Barbara, CA 93105 Toll-free number: 1-877-247-3260 or 805-687-4280 www.sbch.org
Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, Inc. Northern California Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic 1600 Eureka Rd., Roseville, CA 95661 Telephone: 916-784-4000 http://mydoctor.kaiserpermanente.org
UCLA Health System Mattel Children’s Hospital 757 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095 Telephone: 310-825-9111 www.uclahealth.org
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital 505 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94143 Telephone: 415-476-1000 or 1-888-689-8273 www.ucsfbenioffchildrens.org/
Children’s Hospital, The University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus 13123 E 16th Ave., Aurora, CO 80045 Telephone: 720-777-1234 or 1-800-624-6553 TTY: 720-777-6050 www.thechildrenshospital.org
Toledo Children’s Hospital 2142 N Cove Blvd Toledo, OH 43606 Telephone: 419-291-5437 or 1-888-291-5437 www.toledochildrens.org
University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital Ireland Cancer Center 11100 Euclid Ave Cleveland, OH 44106 Telephone: 216-844-3345 or 1-888-844-8447 www.rainbowbabies.org/hemonc
Children’s Hospital at Oklahoma University Medical Center The The Jimmy Everest Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in Children OU Children’s Physicians Bldg 1200 N Phillips Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73104 Telephone: 405-271-5437 www.oumedicine.com
Children’s Medical Center at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders 1935 Medical District Dr Dallas, Texas 75235 Telephone: 214-456-7000 www.childrens.com
Cook Children’s Medical Center 801 Seventh Ave Fort Worth, TX 76104 Telephone: 682-885-4000 or 1-800-934-2665 www.cookchildrens.org