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Children’s Minnesota kid expert becomes senior investigator for the EDISYN Collaboration

Dr. Kris Ann Schultz, pediatric oncologist at Children’s Minnesota, has been named a senior investigator in the EDISYN Collaboration!

What’s the importance of your work with the EDISYN Collaboration?

The EDISYN (Early Detection of Syndromic Neoplasms) Consortium is a group of institutions partnering to advance care, and especially to advance early diagnosis, for kids and adults at increased risk for the development of benign or malignant tumors, including Li Fraumeni syndrome. While these conditions are rare, it is really important to understand how to best detect tumors when they are most treatable. Each hospital may only care for a small number of kids or adults with these conditions and by partnering together we can learn what strategies work the best. I’m really honored to have Children’s Minnesota as one of only six hospitals in this exciting new consortium.
Dr. Kris Ann Schultz

How does this work impact your Registry work with the PPB/DICER and OTST Registries?

The International PPB/DICER1 Registry and International Ovarian and Testicular Stromal Tumor (OTST) Registry are two Registries founded and based right here at Children’s Minnesota to advance outcomes for kids with pleuropulmonary blastoma (the most common lung cancer of infancy and early childhood), ovarian and testicular stromal tumors and other DICER1-related conditions. Our work with EDISYN is synergistic with these other efforts as we can all learn together how to advance outcomes for kids and adults with rare tumors and/or increased risk for cancer development.

What other organizations are founding members of EDISYN?

EDISYN is a collaborative effort with Dana Faber Cancer Institute, the National Cancer Institute, Huntsman Cancer Institute, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Penn Medicine and Children’s Minnesota.

Who is eligible to participate in EDISYN?

Any child or adult with a cancer predisposition condition such as Li Fraumeni Syndrome is eligible. This means that when kids come to clinic for their care here at Children’s, their parents can also choose to participate in this study. By partnering with kids, their parents and researchers across the country, we hope to expeditiously improve outcomes for all families.

Why is rare cancer research so critical?

Our work with PPB and DICER1 has taught us that knowledge is power! As we have seen with DICER1, developing strategies to detect tumors in the #EarliestAndMostCurable form means not only better cure rates but also fewer treatment-related side effects, both key goals in treating kids and adults with cancer or at increased risk of cancer. To learn more about EDISYN, please visit the EDISYN website and to learn more about PPB/DICER1 research, please visit the website.

Alexandra Rothstein