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About SickKids

July 9, 2014

Joint Statement from The Hospital for Sick Children and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and The Hospital for Sick Children issued the following statement:

Access to clinical trials can sometimes be the last option and only hope available to children suffering from rare or relapsed forms of cancer. Ontarians should be tremendously grateful for and proud of the important and highly innovative work being carried out in the province’s health care facilities by our world-class clinicians and researchers.

The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) has established a reputation internationally as a site for clinical trials and is working towards participation in several new international clinical trials for the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

As we work to further strengthen our pediatric cancer research and treatment capacity here at home, the Ontario government is pleased that SickKids will be working in partnership with other Ontario hospitals to oversee care for two cancer patients who will have the opportunity to benefit from the ground-breaking work being done through these trials.

SickKids, in partnership with the Government of Ontario, will support medically necessary services while these two patients are out of the country receiving care, and will provide care at the hospital once the trials are available in Ontario.

Minister Hoskins wishes to thank SickKids, all the health care professionals who have been involved in the care of these two young patients, as well as, in particular, the families and friends who continue to advocate for these courageous children.

SickKids is pleased to continue making efforts to provide the most advanced, innovative care available to Ontario’s children.

Media contacts:

Matet Nebres                                                             Samantha Grant
Sr. Manager, Media Relations                                Press Secretary
The Hospital for Sick Children                               Office of the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
416-813-6380                                                            416-326-4905