Currently brain tumor research is under-funded. The public remains unaware of the magnitude of this disease.
- Less than 4% of NIH/NCI’s budget is directed at childhood cancer research with a miniscule fraction of these funds being utilized for targeted children’s brain tumor research.
- Only 2 new treatments for brain tumors have been approved in the past 25 years.
- There are over 126 different types of primary brain tumors, which complicate the development of effective treatments.
- The cure rate for brain tumors is significantly lower than that for other types of childhood cancer.
While historically the picture has been bleak, there is good news on the horizon:
- Scientific experts tell us that customized, targeted drug therapies are a real possibility for children with brain tumors.
- Recent research, identifying the BRAF mutation in certain brain tumor tissue, promises to afford new answers as to how and why brain tumors occur.
- Progress in generating awareness in the scientific community about the disease is creating a new culture for partnership amongst medical institutions, foundations and lay people, without which the chance of finding a cure remains slim.
- In January 2011, the NIH/NCI awarded the Dana Farber Cancer Institute a grant in the amount of $8.5 million over 5 years to support three dedicated PLGA research projects. These three initiatives were originally funded by our efforts! This represents the first time ever that such a large grant was allocated specifically for this disease.
- In December 2011, Congress adopted language into the 2012 National Institute of Health Appropriations Bill that requested the NIH focus specifically on PLGA brain cancers in their 2012 research agenda. This means that for the first time ever, the NIH/NCI will be held accountable for helping find more effective treatments and a cure for PLGA brain cancer.
THE FUTURE OF THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN IS AT STAKE! TO DO NOTHING IS TO IGNORE THE VERY REAL POSSIBILITY OF A TREATMENT and CURE BREAKTHROUGHs. NOW IS THE TIME TO TAKE ACTION BY FUNDING CHILDREN’S BRAIN CANCER RESEARCH!