St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Studies Survivor Lifespan

For nearly 20 years, Arthur Godsell has served as the president of Godsell Construction Corporation, a company his parents founded in the late 1960s in Hicksville, New York. As a longtime philanthropist, Arthur Godsell also contributes to multiple charitable organizations, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

St. Jude recently issued a press release to announce that one of its research teams discovered evidence indicating that modifications in childhood cancer treatment have lengthened the lives of people who survived childhood cancer, partly by reducing deaths related to long-term cancer treatment effects. During the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study, St. Jude researchers reviewed data from more than 34,000 childhood cancer survivors who received treatment between 1970 and 1999.

The study found that since 1970, the 15-year death rate steadily declined, which coincides with enhancements in pediatric cancer treatment and follow-up care. In May 2015, the study was presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) annual conference during the plenary session. The session features research ASCO recognizes for its superior scientific merit and impact on patient care.

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