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What Is Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis?

by Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo, M.D.
November 17, 2016

Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo is a St. Baldrick’s researcher at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and a member of the St. Baldrick’s Scientific Advisory Committee. He explains what Langerhans cell hystiocytosis is, how it’s diagnosed and treated, and how research is helping kids and adults with this disease.

what is LCH

What is Langerhans cell hystiocytosis?

Langerhans cell hystiocytosis, often called LCH, is a disorder where the body produces too many Langerhans cells.

A Langerhans cell is a type of white blood cell that normally helps the body fight off infection. In LCH, the body produces too many of these cells. The cells build up in the body, sometimes damaging organs or forming tumors.

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Types of Childhood Cancer: Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG)

by Adam Green, M.D.
September 12, 2016

What is DIPG
Dr. Green is a St. Baldrick’s Fellow at the University of Colorado. He explains DIPG symptoms, treatment, and how research is helping kids with this type of childhood cancer.

What is DIPG?

DIPG stands for diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. It is a type of high-grade glioma, a brain tumor that comes from cells called glia that surround, protect, and otherwise support the nerve cells in the brain.

DIPG is always found in the brainstem. This part of the brain controls many basic functions like breathing and swallowing, as well as muscles that help with speech and eye movements.

It is most common in elementary school-aged children, but it can affect children of any age.

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About 250 kids in the U.S. are diagnosed with DIPG each year.

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Why Do Kids Get Cancer?

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
September 6, 2016

Why do kids get cancer? That’s the big question we asked Dr. John Maris, who co-leads the SU2C-St. Baldrick’s Foundation Pediatric Cancer Dream Team. Researchers are working hard to find the answers because they could hold the cures to kids’ cancer.

Why Do Kids Get Cancer

Why do kids get cancer? In short, there’s no single, easy answer.

The answer is complicated, said Dr. Maris.

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Childhood Cancer Facts: 10 Things You Should Know

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
July 19, 2016

Every year, 300,000 families around the world will hear, “Your child has cancer.” But you can do something about it.

Childhood Cancer Facts

If you want to get involved in the fight against childhood cancer, here are 10 facts you should know.

1. Childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of children in the U.S.
It’s the second leading cause of death (following accidents) in children ages 5-14.

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How to Care for a Shaved Head: 6 Tips from the Pros

by Emily Kilpatrick, St. Baldrick's Foundation
June 29, 2016

Taking care of a shaved head is easy with these six tips.

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Every year, tens of thousands of men, women, and kids shave their heads for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. They do it for one reason: to cure cancer. That’s right — in 2015, more than 50,000 people shaved their heads for St. Baldrick’s, raising money for childhood cancer research. That’s a lot of bald heads!

Learn more about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation >

Whether you’ve recently shaved or you’ve been sporting the no-hair look for years, do you know the best ways to care for your head? Neither did we, so we turned to the men and women who have helped more people go bald than anyone else we know: our St. Baldrick’s barbers.

Hair care professionals from across the U.S. answered our call for advice, and they gave us some great tips! Here’s what our barbers had to say:

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What Is Proton Therapy?

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
June 20, 2016

Dr. Ralph Ermoian is a radiation oncologist and St. Baldrick’s infrastructure grant recipient at the University of Washington. He explains what proton therapy is, how it works, and how this treatment is helping kids and adults with cancer.

What is Proton Therapy

What is proton therapy?

Proton therapy is a type of radiation used commonly for children with cancer. Like traditional x-ray radiation, it is used to treat cancers, but proton therapy affects less of the healthy tissue surrounding the tumor.

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The Fight’s Never Over: The Two Biggest Threats Facing Childhood Cancer Survivors

by Erinn Jessop, St. Baldrick's Foundation
March 31, 2016

Surviving childhood cancer isn’t the end of the fight. As survivors age, heart disease and secondary cancers become two big risks, often caused by the very treatment needed to save their lives. Read on to learn more about the two main threats to survivors and how St. Baldrick’s researchers are working to help.

Ambassador Grace holds a sign that reads: Thrive

Since surviving a brain tumor as a child, Ambassador Grace has dealt with long-term effects from her treatment.

After beating childhood cancer, survivors should be living long and healthy lives, but that isn’t always the case.

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10 Facts About St. Baldrick’s

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
March 17, 2016

You know St. Baldrick’s — but did you know these 10 fun facts about us?

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1. St. Baldrick isn’t a real guy.

If he isn’t real, then where did the name come from? St. Baldrick is a mashup of St. Patrick’s Day and the word “bald” — two things which sum up the humble beginnings of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

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Types of Childhood Cancer: Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia (JMML)

by Elliot Stieglitz, M.D.
March 14, 2016

Dr. Elliot Stieglitz is a St. Baldrick’s Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco. He’s researching ways to help kids with JMML who don’t respond to standard treatment. He explains JMML symptoms, treatment options, and how your support is moving research forward.

What is JMML

What is JMML?

Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML) is a type of blood cancer that affects young children.

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Winter 2016 Impact Report: See How Your Support Is Helping Kids With Cancer

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
March 1, 2016

We’re all about funding lifesaving childhood cancer research. And thanks to your support, progress is being made! Take a look at some of the exciting research happening right now.

Dr. Jill Ginsberg smiles with child

Dr. Jill Ginsberg, a St. Baldrick’s researcher at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, with a patient.

Immunotherapy for medulloblastoma

St. Baldrick’s researchers are at the forefront of an entirely new kind of treatment. The concept is simple: Put the immune system to work, fighting off cancer just like it fights off the common cold. This is called immunotherapy.

By using the immune system to kill only cancer cells without damaging the healthy cells around them, there will be less long-term damage to young bodies.

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