The goal of supportive care research is to improve the quality of life for patients and survivors by addressing issues such as the toxic side effects of treatment, the often life-threatening long-term effects faced by survivors, the psychosocial needs of those affected by childhood cancer, and more. More than 60% of long-term childhood cancer survivors suffer from a chronic illness as a consequence of the therapy they received, and over 25% are diagnosed with a severe or life-threatening illness. Supportive care research is one way to change that. This year 9 Supportive Care Research Grants were awarded, totaling more than $535,000.
St. Baldrick’s Supportive Care Research Grants were awarded at the following institutions:
- University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif.
- Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Mass.
- Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md.
- Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Bronx, N.Y.
- The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.
- University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa.
- St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tenn.
- University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
- Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wis.
Research does greatly impact kids with cancer. Take a look at the Childhood Cancer Research Outcomes made possible by previous St. Baldrick’s funding or head back to explore more of the new 2012 Summer Grants.
*All funding applications are peer-reviewed by leading pediatric cancer researchers who volunteer their time and expertise and make funding recommendations to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s board of directors.