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September 2014 | Vol.9 - No. 1
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in Canada. You might ask yourself why there’s a need to focus education efforts on cancers that only affect children, but there’s a good reason for it: even though children represent a very small proportion of all Canadians diagnosed with cancer each year, the majority of childhood cancers are quite different to those commonly diagnosed in adults. Blood cancers such as acute lymphoblastic leukemia are the most common types of cancer in children, and researchers have made incredible advances in the past few decades to improve the chances of long-term survival for young patients. We hope this issue will help answer some of your questions about childhood cancers, from how it’s diagnosed to how it’s treated.

This month, you can also read about Sebastian, one of our patients who spent more than a year receiving treatment for leukemia. He’s now in maintenance therapy, and his mom and dad—like so many other parents—have just experienced the joy of seeing Sebastian start his first day of school. 
The editorial team at Where Kids Come First
OUR HEROS
Living with leukemia, one day at a time
Thanks to advances in research, medicine and technology 5-year-old Sebastian’s future looks bright [+]
HEALTH, WELL-BEING & PREVENTION
Shedding light on childhood cancers [+]
Understanding acute lymphoblastic leukemia [+]
Understanding bone marrow transplants [+]
MIND & SPIRIT
How to help a child understand cancer [+]
Preparing your child for an upcoming procedure [+]
ASK THE EXPERT
Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation: What are the different cancer treatments?
A: Cancer is not just one disease but many different diseases. What all cancers have in common though is they cause the development of abnormal cells in the body that can grow and take over normal, healthy tissue. There are a number of treatments that exist for both adults and children with cancer, and treatment plans may include any or all of the following. [+]
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True or False?
Survival rates for children with cancer have improved significantly in the past few decades.

True. According to data from the Canadian Cancer Society, on average, approximately 1,300 children in Canada are diagnosed with cancer every year. [+]
FOUNDATION NEWS
Project Runaway Fashion Show
The Montreal Special Needs Foundation is hosting a fashion show benefiting the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation, at Time Supper Club on September 26th, 10:00pm. The show will feature Soia & Kyo Fall/Winter 2014 collection with the Montreal based singer KAILA performing live ! Find out more : [+]
MCH NEWS
The Montreal Children’s Hospital is moving? [+]
Canadian Medical First: 17-year-old patient becomes first in Canada to undergo minimally invasive pectus carinatum repair [+]
Quebec artist Michel Saulnier creates larger-than-life, whimsical bear sculpture for the new Montreal Children's Hospital [+]
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