A New Weapon to Combat Cancer in Kids

An experimental vaccine lifts hopes of beating back late-stage juvenile cancers and lowering children's high recurrence rates

As if having cancer at a young age isn't bad enough, it looks as though these kids could get hit with a double whammy. They're six times more likely to suffer from cancer again over the next two decades than the average person is to come down with the disease. That's according to the largest retrospective study on recurring cancer in young victims to date, covering 13,581 people. Presented by University of Minnesota physicians on Mar. 27 at the American Cancer Assn.'s meeting in New Orleans, the study notes that in some cases, initial cancer treatments may be causing the secondary outbreaks.

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