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About SickKids

September 5, 2012

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month at SickKids

little girl in front of Childhood Cancer Awereness Month banner

Ask Dr. Jim Whitlock for ideas to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and he finds it difficult to stop.

For starters there’s neuro-oncology, says the Chief of the Division of Haematology and Oncology. “SickKids has arguably the best childhood brain tumour program in the world, and much of its work is in the process of being translated from bench to bedside, which is and will be a major focus of the Garron Family Cancer Centre in the next few years.”

The Garron Centre was named in 2010 thanks to a $30 million donation from the Garron Family. “SickKids is profoundly grateful for the Garron Family’s transformative support of the Cancer Centre,” Whitlock says.

The appointment of the first two Garron Family Chairs in Childhood Cancer Research was made in January, 2012. Dr. Eric Bouffet and Dr. Maarten Egeler, who are among the best in the world in their fields, will have the necessary resources to provide leadership to cancer researchers, clinicians, and educators while pursuing their own major research initiatives and ensuring that new discoveries translate into clinical practice. Recruitment is ongoing for another research chair and a clinician-scientist.

Patient care was recently enhanced for cancer patients with the appointment of a patient navigator. Karen Fung is a social worker who will help expedite access, improve the coordination of patient care, and assists families and patients to navigate clinical trials, a new city and the Ontario health-care system.

See video of Karen Fung

Did You Know?

At SickKids, researchers and doctors never stop thinking of ways to eradicate, fight, treat and understand childhood cancer.
Did You Know?

  • In Canada, about 1,400 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. SickKids treats approximately 25 per cent of those children at its Garron Family Cancer Centre.
  • The Centre is designed to enhance and integrate all aspects of cancer research, learning and care.
  • Cancer is the most common cause of disease-related death in Canadian children beyond the newborn period.
  • SickKids sees a new cancer patient almost every day, accounting for 60 per cent of all childhood cancer patients in Ontario.
  • More than 80 per cent of children with cancer will survive.
  • SickKids is home to the largest oncology training program in the country and has trained nearly 80 per cent of all practicing paediatric oncologists in Canada.
  • The Garron Family Cancer Centre is working every day to improve outcomes and quality of life for patients with cancer.
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