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The FDA approves on average 12 drugs every year to treat adult cancer, but has only approved 10 drugs to treat childhood cancer since 1978 (10 in 44 years for kids).
Since our inception in 2015, cc-TDI has pushed two drugs into three clinical trials to treat childhood cancer.
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Early this year, cc-TDI launched the Myoepithelial Carcinoma Biology & EWSR1 Orphan Cancers Drug Discovery Research Program. This project, spearheaded by Michael Casaus and Naomi Natale in honor of their son Sebastián, has been further supported by the greater CureMEC community eager to understand and find treatments for this underserved disease. MEC is a rare cancer that can arise from the salivary glands, kidneys and sometimes from soft tissue such as muscle. The rarity of this cancer, and the limited understanding of its biology is why there are currently no treatment options specific to MEC.
In the Press
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.