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Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Awarded $34,951 Grant for Childhood Cancer Research

February 12, 2013
Lebanon, NH

The Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) is the proud recipient of a one-year infrastructure grant from the St. Baldrick's Foundation, a volunteer-driven and donor-centered charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research.

The $34,951 grant provides CHaD the necessary resources to establish a secure database containing treatment information about childhood cancer survivors: allowing clinicians to use treatment summaries to address issues associated with late effects, and researchers to study complications and possible treatments. The grant will also be used to promote participation in clinical trials.

The Foundation's infrastructure grants provide resources to institutions enabling them to conduct more research and enroll more children in clinical trials. Worldwide a child is diagnosed with cancer every three minutes, and one in five children diagnosed in the U.S. will not survive. According to the St. Baldrick's Foundation, "…looming budget cuts that could potentially limit access to clinical trials and delay the progress of promising research, make the Foundation's efforts to conquer childhood cancers critical."

Sara Chaffee, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock explains that, "the majority of children diagnosed with cancer are surviving into adulthood and we need to find a way to track them. The database will also be useful for research purposes. We truly appreciate St Baldrick's support in moving this forward. This grant underscores Dartmouth-Hitchcock's commitment to providing cancer survivors with treatment summaries; I think that is really what this is all about."

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