Facts

Types of Childhood Cancer: Sarcoma

by Jeffrey Toretsky, M.D.
February 10, 2016

Dr. Jeffrey Toretsky is a St. Baldrick’s Scholar at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington, D.C. With generous support from the Team Clarkie Fund, Dr. Toretsky is studying Ewing sarcoma and searching for more targeted therapies for this type of childhood cancer.

what is sarcoma

What is sarcoma?

A sarcoma is a bumpy tumor that occurs in the connective tissues (nerves, muscles and bones) anywhere in the body.

Sarcomas are rare, especially in young children. In kids between 10 and 20, sarcomas make up about 20-25% of childhood cancer diagnoses.

Sarcomas can start off being tiny lumps that you can’t feel. They can spread through the body, or metastasize, before they grow big enough to be seen.

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St. Baldrick’s 2016 Event Registration Is Open [VIDEO]

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
February 10, 2016

Psst. Have you heard? St. Baldrick’s event registration is open!

Kids with cancer deserve a chance to, well, just be kids.

YOU can help make that a reality.

Be a part of the world’s largest volunteer-driven charity for childhood cancer research. Get involved in a St. Baldrick’s event today!

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Researcher Spotlight: Meet Dr. Dan Wechsler

by Erinn Unger, St. Baldrick's Foundation
February 8, 2016

Dr. Dan Wechsler is one really busy — and sometimes bald — pediatric oncologist. Read on for more about this hardworking St. Baldrick’s researcher and everything he’s doing to help kids with cancer.

Dr. Dan Wechsler gets shaved at a St. Baldrick's event

Dr. Dan Wechsler goes under the clippers with a little help from a friend.

Dr. Dan Wechsler admits that he doesn’t get much sleep.

Working at Duke University Medical Center as chief of pediatric hematology-oncology, Dr. Wechsler is also a St. Baldrick’s-funded researcher, a six-time shavee, a grant mentor, an event speaker, and a grant reviewer with the St. Baldrick’s Scientific Advisory Committee.

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Kids with Cancer

Cheyenne’s 11th Birthday: A Time to Celebrate Life

by Amy Dyess
February 6, 2016

Birthdays are a time of celebration for most kids — a big party with presents, cake and balloons. But for Ambassador Cheyenne and her family, her upcoming birthday holds much more meaning. Read on to see what Cheyenne’s mom, Amy, is reflecting on this year.

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I’ve always thought of birthdays as a momentous occasion to celebrate life. With Cheyenne’s 11th birthday coming up, a little more than one year after her childhood cancer diagnosis, this celebration of life is taking on an entirely new meaning.

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Kids with Cancer

‘Attitude Is Everything’: Carter’s Story

by Jeena Gould, St. Baldrick's Foundation
February 3, 2016

World Cancer Day is here! But today’s story isn’t about cancer — it’s about a kid named Carter. Today we’re celebrating his positivity in the face of childhood cancer, and his desire to conquer it once and for all.

Carter in the snow

On the outside, you would think Carter was like any other 10-year-old boy.

He is smiley, cheerful and lively. He loves to use his imagination to create new things with Legos and wood working. Writing, math and science come easily to him. Team sports and play practice — he does it all.

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News

Help Cure Kids With Cancer on World Cancer Day

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
February 3, 2016

Children are diagnosed with cancer every day. But YOU can help change the world for these kids. Here’s how.

World Cancer Day

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Head-Shaving

Peace Corps Volunteer Brings Head-Shaving to Nicaragua

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
February 2, 2016

December 2, 2015, was a big day for Corey Haynes. It was the 10-year anniversary of her father’s death from cancer, but it was not a day of mourning. Her father’s legacy inspired her to do something big: to create the very first head-shaving event in Nicaragua!

Corey smiles with her newly shaved head

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Facts

Types of Childhood Cancer: Neuroblastoma

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
February 2, 2016
what is neuroblastoma

What is neuroblastoma?

Neuroblastoma is a type of childhood cancer that develops in nerve tissue outside of the central nervous system. It usually begins in the adrenal gland on top of the kidney, but it can be found anywhere along the spine.

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Facts

Types of Childhood Cancer: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
February 1, 2016
What is acute lymphoblastic leukemia?
What is acute lymphoblastic leukemia?

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a cancer of the white blood cells that normally fight infection. The cells do not grow and develop properly, filling up the bone marrow inside bones, where blood is normally made.

ALL is the most common type of childhood cancer, accounting for 35 percent of all cancers in children. Each year, there are about 2,900 new cases of children and adolescents diagnosed with ALL in the United States alone.

Its signs and symptoms resemble other common illnesses, which often leads to other treatments before the leukemia diagnosis is made.

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Facts

Types of Childhood Cancer: Wilms Tumor

by Elizabeth Perlman, M.D.
February 1, 2016
What is Wilms tumor?

Wilms tumor is a cancer of the kidney. It is one of the most common types of childhood cancer, with approximately 500 new patients a year in the United States alone.

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