On June 21 and 22, A Lion in the House , a two-part documentary about childhood cancer, will air on the "Independent Lens" series on most public television stations across the country. The 4-hour documentary details 6 years in the lives of five young people aged 6 to 19 - and their families - as they undergo cancer treatment at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. In a review of the film, The Lancet called it a "fascinating tale of bravery and hope."
At the Children's Inn at NIH last week, representatives from the national media heard the inside story of the making of A Lion in the House . The discussion touched on many psychosocial issues that emerge in families of children with cancer and was moderated by Susan Dentzler, a medical reporter from the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). NCI participants included Drs. Crystal Mackall, acting chief of the Pediatric Oncology Branch; Lori Weiner, coordinator of the Pediatric Psychosocial Support and Research Program; and Steve Channock, head of the Genomic Variation Section in NCI's CCR. They emphasized the crucial role of the health care team in supporting the family. "You're simply not a good doctor if you can't communicate with that family, which starts with hearing their story as they see it, so that you can meet them where they are," said Dr. Mackall.
For more information about the film and air times on local PBS stations, go to http://www.pbs.org/previews/itvs_lioninthehouse.
New Monograph Available
A collaborative effort between NCI's Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) program and the NCI-funded Children's Oncology Group, the monograph gathered population-based incidence, mortality, and survival data specific to cancers in the older adolescent and young adult population, along with epidemiological data and risk factors for the development of age-specific cancers.
The monograph is intended to educate medical providers and the public about cancer incidence and survival among those aged 15 to 29, and provide the impetus for further research to improve the survival and the quality of life in this population. The monograph can be viewed and downloaded at http://seer.cancer.gov/publications/aya.
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