Scientists seek out cancer cells hiding from treatment
from Imperial College London
Each year 300 British children are diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a cancer of the blood. The majority respond well to current therapies, but the disease returns in a quarter of patients. The long term outlook for adults is much worse, with initial treatments being effective in fewer than half of all patients. Now, scientists hope to improve leukemia treatment by investigating how cancer cells use "hiding places" in the body to avoid chemotherapy drugs.
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