June is Cancer Survivors Month, and while surviving is the typical goal for cancer patients, we are in the fight to make surviving and life after cancer better. Often time the treatments for children with cancer will harm their developing bodies. This is because there are limited treatment options for pediatric cancer- many children’s only option is to be treated with outdated adult therapies from the 1960s. When these children do go into remission from pediatric cancer, they oftentimes will still be dealing with the side effects of treatment because they have a 95 percent chance of developing chronic health problems, secondary cancer, cognitive impairment, and a shortened lifespan due to harsh medical treatments.
This June let’s celebrate these pediatric cancer survivors while also learning from their stories. Together, we can create a better quality of life for pediatric cancer survivors. When you support the NPCF you are funding research to give these children better and healthier treatment options.