$4.5 million to research cancer in kids

CLOSE to $4.5 million of new funding will finance groundbreaking new research that is set to significantly improve the outcomes for children with cancer.

The Cancer Council NSW funding for two University of NSW research projects will investigate new methods to prevent and treat leukemia, alongside programs to enhance the quality of life for childhood cancer survivors and their families.

At any time there are about 1500 Australian children on active treatment for cancer or at risk of relapse.

"Traditional anti-cancer drugs have high toxicity levels which cause significant side-effects, particularly in the growing tissues of a child," UNSW conjoint professor Murray Norris said.

"Sadly, these leave 70% of long-term childhood cancer survivors with chronic health problems including secondary cancer, infertility and poor mental health."



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