Anticancer Drug Development in Pediatric Patients

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Part of the Cancer Drug Discovery and Development book series (CDD&D)

Abstract

The incidence of pediatric cancer is relatively rare, particularly when compared to rates in the adult oncology. Despite the relative low numbers, death due to cancer remains the primary cause of death due to disease in the pediatric population. Pediatric cancer cure rates have markedly improved in the past several decades with well over 70% of pediatric cancer patients achieving cure. However, there remains a subset of patients who have a dismal prognosis either due to tumor type or stage at presentation or relapse. As a result, there is a great need for novel therapeutics and innovative approaches in this population. The development of new therapies is being extensively explored in the adult oncology population; however, the advancement of such drugs in pediatrics has been much slower.

Keywords

Toxicity Leukemia Sarcoma Half Life Cyclophosphamide 

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  1. 1.The Children’s HospitalCenter for Cancer and Blood DisordersAuroraUSA

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