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    Providing continuing education for cancer researchers
  • Bringing doctors and scientists together
    Bringing doctors and scientists together
  • Improving the care of kids with cancer
    Improving the care of kids with cancer

Improving Treatment

New anti-cancer drugs that are toxic to cancer cells, but have low toxicity for the normal growing tissues of a child, are urgently required. Better tools to predict both short- and long-term side-effects of treatment are also needed to help minimise the physical, social and financial costs.

Unfortunately, pharmaceutical industry drug discovery programs tend to neglect child cancer because of the small numbers of children diagnosed with cancer, compared to adults. The research and development required to develop new and improved child cancer treatments falls to independent medical research institutes, such as those of the Kids Cancer Alliance.