Noteworthy News in Neuroblastoma

Crizotinib Targets ALK-Driven Cancers

Really exciting and encouraging results in a phase 1 clinical trial for a pill, Crizotinib, in children with Neuroblastoma!
Read the full article: Crizotinib Targets ALK-Driven Cancers in Pediatric Trial

More information on recent gene mutation research

More information regarding the recent research from Memorial-Sloan Kettering regarding the link between a gene mutation and Neuroblastoma. Click here to watch a video and find out more.

Gene Mutations Linked to Age at Neuroblastoma Diagnosis

Researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center discover a link between Neuroblastoma diagnosis and a gene mutation. There is hope in the fight for a cure! Read the article here.

60 Minutes Video: The Power of Love

A video demonstrating the bravery of families facing up to a disease like neuroblastoma.
MSN Video

Update from the Neuroblastoma Cancer Conference

The following is a brief summary of some of the insights I gained from the Neuroblastoma convention I attended in Chicago a few weeks ago.

There are two types of cancer: dumb and smart. A dumb cancer has only one malfunctioning gene and therefore only one gene has to be turned on or off. Dr. Brian Druker has taken advantage of this phenomenon by using a product called Gleevec to turn off only one gene in chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML). As a result, CML has almost been eliminated.

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