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Every year, the FDA approves on average 12 drugs to treat adult cancer, but has only approved 8 drugs to treat childhood cancer since 1978.
Since our inception in 2015, cc-TDI has pushed two drugs into three clinical trials to treat childhood cancer.
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Did you know that cc-TDI is home to our very own bio-banking registry known as CuRe-FAST? In 2015, Dr. Keller and the cc-TDI team recognized the increased need for pre-clinical research of rare pediatric cancers. Soon thereafter, the CuRe-FAST or Cancer Registry for Familial and Sporadic Tumors was established, enabling cc-TDI to collect tumor tissue that can be studied, developed into cell lines and mouse models and ultimately shared with other researchers. While other tumor banking programs exist, the vast majority of them are designed to simply store tissue samples and determine patient eligibility for
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Beaverton lab identifies drug that turns off key gene in deadly childhood muscle cancer
The Children's Cancer Therapy Development Institute is studying how a breast cancer drug candidate could impact children with an aggressive tumor in the soft muscle.
Scientists And Parents Band Together To Research Cures For Rare Childhood Cancer
Small patient numbers mean there's less motivation to allocate resources to study the diseases and develop potential drugs. Dozens of childhood cancers fall in this category, some so rare that few pediatric oncologists hear about them.
Beaverton's Children's Cancer Therapy Development Institute tackles deadliest child cancers
Beyond an unmarked door into what looks like a shabby old warehouse in Old Town Beaverton, white-coated scientists are working to find ways to treat cancers that kill almost every child they afflict.
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Our research team is exploring and testing state-of-the-art treatment options for the most urgent issues facing children with cancer.
Working in our own freestanding research institution allows us to act swiftly and nimbly to achieve results—bringing cost control, speed, purpose, and focus to translate effective treatments into the clinic. To get there, we perform basic science and translational research in our industrial modern lab site (a paint factory remodeled by Nike as an off-site creative space), adjacent to the Silicon Forest in Oregon.