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Because of kids’ growing brains and bodies, chemotherapy and radiation are detrimental to their ongoing development. Those who do survive a brain cancer diagnosis are often left with devastating side effects that change their lives forever.
Children treated with chemotherapy or radiation are eight times more likely to develop severe health problems, especially as they age into their 20s and 30s. The higher the dose of drugs and the more extensive the radiation, the more problems are to emerge. The impact of brain cancer treatments can include: blindness, fertility issues, hearing loss, learning and emotional disabilities, memory deficits, stunted puberty or hormone problems, the list goes on.
Medulloblastoma is the most common childhood brain cancer.
Renowned researcher, Dr. Michael Taylor, was the first to discover that medulloblastoma wasn’t just one form of brain cancer, but four distinct types — each with their own DNA footprint, and therefore potential treatment needs. Thanks to the first year of research, we now know that there are at least ten different types. Read more...
Now Dr. Taylor and his team of researchers want to know how each type of medulloblastoma changes in response to treatment, and how to develop personalized care for every child diagnosed. This means the most aggressive treatments are only used on the most aggressive brain cancers, saving children from life-changing side effects or secondary diseases.
Pediatric neurosurgeon and principal investigator at one of Canada’s leading brain tumour research centres
Has published ~100 medical publications and is a renowned international speaker
Received a 2014 Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada Research Grant
Awarded the Schweizguth Prize from the International Society of Paediatric Oncology, Great Britain (2005)
Recipient of the National Cancer Institute of Canada Fellowship (1998)
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Suzanne Fratschko Elliott
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