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Published on Sep 29, 2017
Elephants, Dogs, and Cancer: Update on Genetic Risk for Childhood Cancer and What We Can Do About It with Dr. Joshua Schiffman, Huntsman Cancer Institute, at the Coalition for the Life Sciences, September 27, 2017.
There is hardly a worse diagnosis for parents to receive than “your child has cancer.” What may be even worse is if one’s other children are also diagnosed with cancer. Can scientists predict if certain childhood cancers are heritable? Join the Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus as we welcome Dr. Joshua Schiffman, a childhood cancer survivor, childhood cancer researcher, and childhood cancer doctor. Dr. Schiffman will discuss where cancer comes from in children, new research tools being developed to identify who is at risk for cancer before it happens, and exciting new approaches to treating and maybe one day even preventing cancer. This includes learning what we can about children with cancer from studying our pet dogs, who naturally develop a lot of cancer, and also from studying elephants, who naturally resist cancer.