Doctors Link Gene To Childhood Cancer, Neuroblastoma

August 26, 2008

Doctors from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia have come out and stated that they have linked a gene ot the rare and deadly form of childhood cancer known as neuroblastoma..Washington (ChattahBox) – Doctors from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have come out and stated that they have linked a gene ot the rare and deadly form of childhood cancer known as neuroblastoma.

Doctors worked to try and focus their research on 8-year old Alex Scott and his family. The 8-year old died from the cancer, which is believed to be inherited.

Researchers conducted their work by taking 10 DNA samples from family members of the boy.

What they discovered was a gene linked to the cancer called ALK.

They believe that this gene, and alterations of it, are directly linked cancer tumor cells.

The hope is that they will be able to develop drugs to control the gene, and improve survival rates, which are currently at 40%.

700 cases of the cancer are diagnosed each year, according to doctors.


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