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Chemo drug boosts child leukaemia survival

6th December 2010

The results of a Cancer Research UK study have shown that giving the drug mitoxantrone to children with leukaemia substantially increased survival rates. 

Children whose acute lymphoblastic leukaemia returned and who were given the drug showed a 69% survival rate after three years. Professor Vaskar Saha, a child cancer specialist at the Paterson Institute in Manchester, who worked on the study, said: "These striking results show just what a powerful drug mitoxantrone is in treating children whose leukaemia has returned, offering hope to many families across the country."

 

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Article Information

Title: Chemo drug boosts child leukaemia survival
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 16919
Date Added: 6th Dec 2010

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