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Neuroblastic cancers in children cause 15% of child cancer deaths per annum. They are extracranial growths that occur in infancy, affecting 1 in 8,000 children, and incorporate ganglioneuromas, ganglioneuroblastomas, and neuroblastomas. Most spontaneously regress, but malignant neuroblastomas require surgery with adjunct radiotherapy and chemotherapy, generally with poor response. A recent study has analyzed 8 types of genes that normally control the expression of cancerous genes, or tumor suppressor genes to understand their role in suppressing the control of cancerous cells from being formed. The results were hoped to be used to assist with the diagnosis and prognosis of neuroblastic tumors.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Basque research
About: Childhood brain cancer research
Date: 27 June 2005
Source: Basque research
Author: Elhuyar Fundazioa
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