Children (aged birth to 18 years) will be diagnosed with cancer each year in Canada.
Children (aged 0 to 18 years) will die from cancer each year in Canada.
Young adults (aged 20 to 29 years) will be diagnosed with cancer each year in Canada.
Young adults (aged 20 to 29 years) will die from cancer each year in Canada.
Childhood cancer is the most common disease-related cause of death and the second most common cause of death for children in the developed world, second only to accidental death.
Children are NOT Little Adults
Cancers in children are typically a result of changes in the DNA; however, adult cancers are often due to environmental factors, lifestyle choices, and cellular aging. The most common types of cancer in children are extremely rare in adults so we must treat them differently.
Children have a different physiology than adults. How a child’s body deals with medication and how medications affect the child’s body is very different from what occurs in adults. As a child grows and develops, from infant to child to adolescent to teen, a medication can impact them differently at various stages of their development.
Cancer behaves differently in children, is often more aggressive, and frequently metastasizes to other parts of the body.
of survivors will have a life-threatening health condition by the age of 45 as a result of harsh treatments like chemotherapy and radiation
How Childhood Cancer Affects Children and Families
Children with cancer can experience decreased physical, emotional, and social health‐related quality of life compared to their peers.
During cancer treatment, siblings are overlooked family members, and up to 63% can have adjustment difficulties. Siblings of children with cancer experience more depression, anxiety, and worse peer relationships than siblings without a chronically ill brother or sister.
Families will typically experience a negative financial impact due to extra costs associated with hospital stays, treatment as well parents often needing to take time away from work to care for their child.
Clinical Trials in Canada
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