FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 24, 2011
SCHUMER INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO CREATE RESEARCH AND PREVENTION NETWORK TO COMBAT CHILDHOOD BRAIN TUMORS – DISEASE IS SECOND MOST COMMON CANCER IN CHILDREN
Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer reintroduced The National Childhood Brain Tumor Prevention Network Act, legislation that would require the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to establish a National Childhood Brain Tumor Prevention Network. The new National Childhood Brain Tumor Prevention Network would establish a coordinated research strategy to work towards providing a greater understanding of the causes of childhood brain tumors. Specifically, the national network would aim to establish a standardized study design for investigating factors among children, identify a sufficient patient population to study, and designate a central laboratory to collect, analyze and aggregate the data collected by these studies.
“Although we’ve made great strides in the fight against cancer, we still don’t know enough to effectively fight back against brain tumors in children,” said Schumer. “Too many children have been taken from us, far too early in their lives. To find a cure, we need comprehensive and aggressive studies to unlock new information, so that doctors can move forward with the best plans to treat and beat this disease. I want to thank Mira’s Movement for being passionate and dedicated advocates for such an important cause. I am going to keep fighting to make sure the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have the direction and the resources they need to play a leading role in the fight against childhood brain tumors. We owe that to the children suffering from this disease, as well as their friends and family.”
Childhood brain tumors are the second most common type of cancer in children, yet the causes of the tumors are largely unknown, according to the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The National Childhood Brain Tumor Prevention Network Act would attempt to address this problem by directing the National Center for Environmental Health at the CDC to establish a national multi-center childhood brain tumor research network. The national network would aim to establish a common study design with standard protocols and procedures to look at a range of factors among children, such as environmental exposure and genetics. The network would also identify a sufficient patient population with childhood brain tumors and compare them with a control group of children across each of the factors identified in the initial study design. Finally, the center would designate a central laboratory to collect, analyze, and aggregate data collected by the study and to make it publicly available to other researchers.
Schumer and his colleagues note that research studies into the causes of childhood brain tumors have been difficult to undertake because brain tumors can vary widely in type and severity
Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) is the sponsor of companion legislation in the House.