At CureSearch, our goal is to find a cure for children’s cancer, especially the more than 50 types of sarcoma that affect around 900 children each year. That’s why we’re celebrating Sarcoma Awareness Month.
Get the Facts About Sarcoma in Children
Sarcoma is a type of cancer that occurs in the connective tissue of the body, such as muscle, fat, and fibrous tissue.
The most common sarcomas found in children are:
- rhabdomyosarcoma – a tumor in which malignant cancer cells look like young, immature muscle cells (the most common soft tissue sarcoma found in children)
- osteosarcoma – a type of bone cancer that starts in immature bone cells that normally form new bone tissue, then it destroys local tissue and weakens the bone (affects about 400 children and adolescents under the age of 20 each year)
- Ewing sarcoma – the second most common bone cancer in children (most often occurs in adolescents, with nearly half of cases arising between the ages of 10 and 20)
Find Out Who’s Fighting Sarcoma
Ranjit Bindra, MD, PhD, at Yale University, was recently awarded a CureSearch Young Investigator grant for his work identifying novel targeted drugs for a sub-type of rhabdomyosarcoma, called alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma (ARMS).
Watch this video to learn more about his research, which he hopes to publish so academic and industry partners can use it for further research and drug development:
You can learn more about our Young Investigator 2 grantees here.
Get Involved in the Fight Against Sarcoma
Join us in our mission to accelerate research to put an end to sarcoma so that every child can enjoy a long, healthy life.
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