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Emerging cancer treatments are departing from a one-size-fits-all approach.

Traditionally, doctors treat cancer types. That’s to say that leukemia patients, for example, receive standard treatments for leukemia while brain cancer patients receive standard treatments for brain cancer. But this approach not only fails patients who do not respond to standard treatments for their particular cancer types, but also those who have lesser understood cancers that may lack standard treatments to begin with. Personalized medicine holds promise in changing that.

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) defines personalized medicine as a form of medicine that uses information about a person’s genes (i.e., DNA), proteins, and environment to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. At the University of Chicago, researchers are making great strides toward personalized medicine in pediatric cancer by analyzing DNA to discover why chemotherapy fails certain patients. With that understanding, doctors will be able to test cancer patients’ DNA upfront and devise optimized treatment plans based on those results. Check out our featured research page to read more about these exciting developments in personalized medicine.

Side effects associated with cancer and cancer treatments require supportive care.

Imagine a child in so much pain that he or she requires narcotics. Sadly, this scenario is a reality for many pediatric cancer patients as a result of their cancer, treatment, or both. Now imagine a child needing the strength to endure treatment but who has difficulty eating as a result of that very treatment. Sadly, this scenario too is a reality for many pediatric cancer patients.

As these scenarios illustrate, pain management and nutrition upkeep are important aspects of pediatric cancer supportive care, which has a goal of preventing or lessening the side effects of treatment and the underlying disease. Naomi’s Fund seeks to bring attention to supportive care

challenges in pediatric cancer related to pain and nutrition and the strides being made to address them. For example, MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital has developed the ON to Life Program. ON stands for Optimizing Nutrition, and MD Anderson is standing by to assist pediatric cancer patients and their families.

Download a brochure about the ON to Life Program here. For more information about upcoming supportive care resources, visit this page again soon or receive an email alert by subscribing to our soon-to-be-launched Newsletter.

Individuals like you can assist in providing pediatric cancer patients the supportive care they need.

By becoming knowledgeable about and applying information dealing with pain management and nutrition upkeep, you can play a vital role in a pediatric cancer patient’s supportive care. For example, you can ensure that a child, especially one who can’t yet speak, receives care for pain by learning to read his or her signals of distress. You can also help ensure a patient’s nutrition needs are met by adopting strategies to create an environment.  By scouting out and developing resources related to pediatric cancer pain management and nutrition upkeep, Naomi’s Fund seeks to assist the family and friends of pediatric cancer patients with providing their loved ones the supportive care they need. For more information about upcoming supportive care resources, visit this page again soon or receive an email alert by subscribing to our soon-to-be-launched Newsletter.