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New tests help prevent potentially life threatening side effects of cancer treatments for children.
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"A scientist who developed a lab test to predict whether children with cancer are susceptible to potentially life-threatening side effects from three chemotherapy drugs is now focusing on five other medications so parents and doctors can discuss safer, personalized treatment. Bruce Carleton, director of the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Programme at B.C. Children's Hospital, said adverse reactions linked to the five medications include bone disease, pancreatitis, anaphylaxis, nerve damage in the limbs, and inflammation of the mucous membranes, including those that may prevent patients from swallowing".

Weighing risk and benefits of treatment:

"Genetic testing provides oncologists with information that can help them weigh the risks and benefits of some treatment as they consider options that may include lowering the dosage of a toxic drug or providing an alternative therapy",

​Another example of wonderful cancer research right in our own Canadian backyard.

​See the article below:


Keep well

​ACH2015 - Andy.
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