Kids need cancer treatments developed specifically for their bodies and their cancer.
For decades, the standard of care for pediatric cancer in the United States has been to apply treatments that work for adult cancers in adult bodies. The result is children, when they are lucky enough to survive the brutal treatments, suffering life-long devastating side-effects.
We wouldn’t give children adult cough medicine, because it’s not good for their bodies, so why do we give them adult cancer treatments?
This photo series illustrates the absurdity of giving children out-dated medications that don’t fit their bodies.
September is pediatric cancer awareness month, a time to reflect on the brutal status quo of pediatric cancer treatments and what we can do, together, to make things better for kids fighting cancer. How did it get this way?
Resources funding pediatric cancer research are limited. Just 4% of federal research dollars are allocated for pediatric cancer each year. There is more research and innovation for adults than for kids.
Since pediatric cancers are different than adult cancers, giving children adult cancer therapies results in multiple life-threatening side-effects to cancer treatments.