During our Spring PNOC 2017 meeting, PNOC members ate mustard as part of The Mustard Challenge. The Mustard Challenge aims to raise awareness for childhood cancer and increase funding for research that discovers safer, non-toxic and more effective treatments for children with cancer. Why mustard? Today, children are still treated with 1950s drugs derived from the same compound as Mustard Gas, a weapon dating back to World War I. The event was launched by No More Kids with Cancer and lasts from April 15th to August 5th (National Mustard Day). Check out our video in the link above to see who we challenged next.
The Pacific Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Consortium (PNOC) is a network of 15 children’s hospitals that conduct clinical trials of new therapies for children with brain tumors. Our goal is to improve outcomes by translating the latest findings in cancer biology into better treatments for these children.
Patients with brain tumors that cannot be treated with standard therapy, or that have recurred following standard therapy, are often eligible for clinical trials. Clinical trials provide access to promising new treatments that may not be available outside specialized centers.
At PNOC, our focus is personalized medicine – testing new therapies that are specific to the biology of each patient’s tumor to maximize their effectiveness. Our goal is to improve overall outcome for children with brain tumors.