Tag Archives: National Cancer Institute

Fly Me to the Moon

President Obama called for an end to cancer in his State of the Union Address to the nation this year. He tasked his own Vice President with the job and since then the buzz word “Moonshot” has offered renewed hope … Continue reading

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As Our Children Wait – Part 3

Childhood cancer has been on the rise since the 1970s, a White House task force was formed in the 1990s to look at the underlying causes of children’s health issues. Episode 1 provided an overview of the Children’s Health Act … Continue reading

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NIH Budget Priorities

Each decade we lose more than 27,000 children to childhood cancer, another 120,000 suffer impacts of treatments including secondary cancers. This picture has not improved much over the past 30 years and it will continue to change only incrementally, if … Continue reading

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#MoreThan4 NCI Email Exchange

The National Cancer Institute recently sent a response to an email sent to them containing a selfie and a #MoreThan4 flyer. You may have received one. Below is the NCI email and our response. Thank you for taking the time … Continue reading

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Five year cure, …really?

Five-year relative survival rates describe the percentage of patients with cancer that are alive five years after their disease is diagnosed. Use of 5-year survival statistics is more useful in aggressive cancers that have a shorter life expectancy following diagnosis (such … Continue reading

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My Calling

I came into the childhood cancer community in 2013 as a member of the “general public”, having no personal connection to a child with cancer. My journey is different but not without appreciation for what cancer is and how devastating … Continue reading

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The Fault in Our Systems

by Nathan Traller, Nathalie’s father Editor’s Note: Nathan’s daughter was diagnosed with Aveolar Soft Part Sarcoma (ASPS) two years ago and he has been fighting to get her into a possible life saving clinical trial for PD1 and PDL1. Time … Continue reading

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Want to Make a Difference?

Maybe, I am a little old-fashioned with my “mug shot” and in a few other ways, like this one: It is so amazing to me that in today’s “connected” world, there are so many people who you will work closely … Continue reading

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30% Funding Cuts

Just weeks before she died of a brain tumor, ten-year-old Gabriella Miller put it best. When asked what message she would give to the nation’s political leaders about the need for children’s cancer research, she responded in a YouTube video … Continue reading

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Palliative Care

Recently, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced it’s support for palliative     palliative care (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) for adults and children suffering from serious illness. To be honest, for a long, long time, I always associated palliative care with death, dying and hospice.  Many … Continue reading

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Turn Foreign Aid into Cures for Cancer

In 2011, the United States spent $49.5 billion on foreign aid ( $17.8 billion in military assistance and  $31.7 billion economic assistance) .  Foreign aid has been a hot topic ever since our country slipped into recession in 2008.  On … Continue reading

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Let’s Push Buttons

Would you believe?: 96% of all clothing sold is for adults. 96% of all breakfast cereals are consumed by adults. 96% of all bicycle helmets are worn by adults. 96% of all cancer research conducted by the National Cancer Institute … Continue reading

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Advocacy and Direction

Lately, I have wondered whether or not the childhood cancer community is on the right track overall. By this, I mean, is the direction of the community in terms of raising money, awareness and the manner of funding research the … Continue reading

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We Must Stop Turning Our Backs on Children’s Cancer

When doctors told my wife and I that our soccer-playing, Harry Potter-reading 7-year-old daughter Olivia had cancer, we were struck with panic, dread and challenges we never could have imagined. And once we overcame the shock, we were stunned to … Continue reading

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Welcome!

Welcome to Four Square Clobbers Cancer! Four-Square Clobbers Cancer is a conversational blog that is dedicated to improving the outcomes of children, adolescents, and young adults who are being treated or have been treated for cancer.  The goal is to inform, … Continue reading

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Survivor

Although everyone in our Childhood Cancer group is trying to survive, this contest is not like the TV game show where everyone is reasonably healthy  and one lucky person wins a million dollars if they are the lone survivor. Every … Continue reading

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Engaging the Pharmaceutical Industry – Part 1

This is beginning of a four part series by Jonathan Agin, an attorney and well known childhood cancer advocate (www.jonathanagin.com) in Washington, DC. He is married to Neely Agin and is the father of Alexis, Gabriel Agin and Trevor Agin. Alexis was … Continue reading

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Is Childhood Cancer Rare?

Generally speaking, when people talk about cancers, they like to quote the numbers.  Sadly, some point to the 36 kids a day diagnosed and 2,400 deaths per year and say they are small numbers compared to the adults diagnosed.  Some … Continue reading

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