Cancer researchers look for ways to counter these effects of treatment

Fighting cancer in the labs, hospitals, and halls of research is a serious matter. Some times the treatments are effective to cure one form of cancer, but usher the onset of new forms of the disease as the body responds to the first treatment. Chemotherapy and radiation, often used in combination (as in my case), may not be the most effective for a long term cure in some patients. The latest eHope newsletter from The City of Hope offered this report on advances in this realm of cancer research: advances to make treatment effective and not harmful.
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“When a chemotherapeutic agent
damages the DNA, most individuals have the ability to repair it immediately — but some don’t. The damaged DNA then can
lead to leukemia.” ~ Smita
Bhatia, M.D., M.P.H., chair of the Department of Population
Sciences and director of the Center
It’s a cruel irony that some chemotherapy drugs can cure lymphoma, yet also cause some patients to then develop myelodysplastic syndrome or acute myeloid leukemia.
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