Health: Pediatric Cancer Research


Saving children with cancer. Doctors say there's a desperate need
for more research funding. And they've turned to Congress for help.
They want lawmakers to give drug companies more incentives to research
pediatric cancer.

The effort is being led locally by a doctor from Children's Hospital of
Philadelphia, with some help from a Cherry Hill family battling
childhood cancer -- twice.

Mollie Ward is nine-years-old now and already a cancer survivor. She had a rare tumor in her pancreas that was cured with an experimental drug.

Her mom Megan Ward says, "There was no traditional medicine to treat
her. We had to resort to a phase one clinical trial." Mollie adds: "It
took a lot of work. I had to go through a lot of different things."

Recently Mollies sister Grace, who's almost three-years-old, has been diagnosed with leukemia.
"You don't know how strong you are until something happens you need to be strong for," says Megan.

Now the Cherry Hill mom is joining forces with Dr. Peter Adamson, an oncologist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. They are urging
Congress to give more incentives to pharmaceutical companies to do more
research on pediatric cancer treatments.

"We want them to realize that more funding needs to be allocated for research into these diseases," Megan says.

Dr. Adamson says pediatric cancer treatments aren't profitable for pharmaceutical companies, so they need incentives from lawmakers, like
extending patents.

He says it's "legislation that is going to improve incentives for industry to engage in childhood cancer research."

They're incentives for more drugs like what saved Mollie's life.

Megan says, "She's here because of it, we were offered that as our last resort, we are one of the lucky ones. It worked."

Megan and Dr. Adamson were in Washington DC Thursday to be part of the pediatric cancer caucus, telling members of Congress about the
importance of voting for legislation to help develop better childhood
cancer treatments.


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