Childhood Cancer Research

Alex lost her life to Ewing’s Sarcoma, a malignant bone tumor affecting children, adolescents and young adults. So while she was 23-years-old when she passed away, her illness was considered a childhood cancer.

Alex received the best care possible at Johns Hopkins Hospital, but here are some things we didn’t know.

  • Of the entire federal budget for cancer research, only four percent is allocated for children.
  • There are nearly 100 types of childhood cancer.
  • The drugs used to treat Ewing’s Sarcoma have not changed in decades.
  • Since 1980, fewer than 10 drugs have been developed for use in children with cancer. Only three drugs have been approved for use in children. Only four additional new drugs have been approved for use in adults and children.