Improving care for pediatric cancer survivors and families: Chair in Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology and Survivorship



Over the last several decades, the survival rate for pediatric cancers has increased more than 30 per cent: today more 30,000 Canadians are survivors of pediatric cancer and that number is growing exponentially. Research in pediatric cancer has historically focused on cure. However, with the growth in the number of survivors a new area of research has emerged as a pressing need – the study of quality of life after cancer treatment.

With more than 75 per cent of pediatric cancer survivors suffer debilitating late- and long- term effects from treatment, there is an urgent need to better understand these late effects of cancer on this vulnerable population.

The Cumming School of Medicine is working with passionate volunteers Jim & Tracey Button to raise $5-million for a Chair in in Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology And Survivorship to identify and develop new interventions that will improve the quality of life of these survivors and their families so that they can be healthier, happier members of our society.

"Each member of our family has received significant support through programs built and run by the psychosocial oncology team and it is through these experiences that we have seen – and truly believe – in the need for programs to help patients and families living with pediatric cancer. We hope people will want to join us to build this endowed research Chair in Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology and Survivorship. The work is powerful and the need is great.” – Jim Button, cancer patient and volunteer

 
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