American Association for Cancer Research

Pediatric Cancer in the News

ABC News' Twitter Chat: Conquering Childhood Cancer

In recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the AACR participated in an ABC News Twitter chat, “Conquering Childhood Cancer,” led by Richard Besser, M.D., chief health and medical editor at ABC News. The Twitter chat was held from 1-2 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. Leading cancer researcher James Downing, M.D., scientific director, deputy director, and executive vice president at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, partnered with the AACR to provide content for live tweets during the chat.

There were a total of 2,373 tweets around and during the Twitter chat. The AACR contributed 45 tweets to the chat and 140 tweets during the chat were retweets of AACR tweets. Dr. Downing and his colleagues at St. Jude provided insightful information for AACR tweets during the chat. All of the 45 AACR tweets were retweeted at least once.

The retweets below are listed in order from most retweeted, indicating the types of content shared during the chat:

RT @AACR For more about how our organization contributes to #pediatric #cancer research, visit http://t.co/jWvZy5hLAm. #abcDrBchat #oncology 

RT @AACR T3 #PediatricCancer is caused by mutations in DNA of normal cells & virtually none are preventable unlike adult cancers #abcDrBchat @StJude

RT @AACR T6 Via @CancerTodayMag, tips for supporting kid w #cancer: be honest, stay positive, love them http://t.co/3S7HYOBnfw #abcDrBchat @StJude

RT @ChildhoodCancer RT @aacr: T1 In 2013, 11,630 children aged 0-14 are projected to be diagnosed with #cancer in the U.S. #abcDrBchat @StJude #oncology

RT @AACR T8 The @AACR #PediatricCancer conference will cover translating basic science into impactful treatments. http://t.co/CIFD2bOgFe #abcDrBchat

RT @abcDrBchat T1 RT @AACR T1 In 2013, 11,630 children aged 0-14 are projected to be diagnosed with #cancer in the U.S. #abcDrBchat

RT @AACR T7 #PediatricCancers are orphan diseases, so there is a limited market for drug development #abcDrBchat @StJude

RT @AACR T6 Make sure your child is being treated at a hospital with experience treating #pediatriccancer #abcDrBchat @StJude

RT @AACR T5 Also increased risk for reproductive problems; chronic heart, lung, & kidney issues; & memory/cognitive difficulties #abcDrBchat @StJude

RT @AACR T5 #Childhoodcancer survivors have increased risk for 2nd cancers #abcDrBchat @StJude

RT @AACR T2 Other signs can be bone pain, vision changes, limping, abnormal lumps, persistent stomach pain, vomiting #abcDrBchat @StJude

RT @AACR T4 Mortality rate declines in ped. #cancer due to improvements in treatment & high rates of #clinicaltrial participation #abcDrBchat @StJude