Scientists are working to better understand and combat childhood cancer.
Scientists believe they may have found a way to treat a rare but devastating cancer that kills young children often within months of their diagnosis.
There is currently no treatment for malignant rhabdoid tumours, which usually develop in the kidneys and have no symptoms in the early stages. By the time they are diagnosed, the cancer has often spread to other organs and is fatal. Most of those affected are infants and toddlers.
“There are a lot of kinase drugs out there, so we don’t have to re-invent the wheel,” he said. “In many cases in drug discovery you find a new target and spend 10 to 20 years developing drugs against it.”
In this case, they hope that will not be necessary . “We have been able to re-purpose existing drugs, some of which are already approved.”
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