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Team of Texas scientists
starts winning tradition


November 2004

Since its grand opening in February 2004, the Children’s Cancer Research Institute (CCRI) has grown as a powerful force in the fight against cancer. With the same unflinching drive and determination that Lance Armstrong showed in beating cancer and winning six Tour de France titles, the CCRI research team has begun a winning tradition of its own. This year the CCRI hosted the inaugural San Antonio Pediatric Cancer Colloquium. Kevin Brady, acting director of the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Andy Miller, associate director for public health of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, made a presentation about the National Action Plan for Cancer Survivorship. The CDC and the Armstrong Foundation have distributed 30,000 copies of the plan to help cancer survivors, who face lifelong issues such as fear of recurrence, strained finances, limited or lost health coverage and family perceptions.

Other colloquium presentations touched on pediatric brain tumors, childhood leukemia, neuroblastoma and epidemiology of childhood cancer. "The purpose was to bring together pediatric oncologists from throughout Texas to share information about the diagnosis, treatment, outcomes and patterns of care of Texas children with cancer," said Sharon B. Murphy, M.D., CCRI director.

The CCRI invited all pediatric cancer specialists in the state and welcomed participants from the UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, UT Medical Branch at Galveston, UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, Baylor College of Medicine and other Texas programs.

The Pediatric Cancer Colloquium was made possible by generous support from Amgen Inc. Like Armstrong’s record-setting win, this statewide "meeting of the minds" promises to become a winning tradition – a tradition that one day will help eliminate cancer, once and for all.

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