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When conventional cancer treatment doesn't work on kids

They can consider different chemotherapy regimen or clinical trials for new treatments

It might be inconceivable to think that young children and teenagers, who are meant to be happy and healthy in their growing years, could be afflicted with cancer.

After all, they have not lived long enough to be exposed to environmental risk factors known to cause cancers. Yet, as paediatric haemato-oncologists, we know too well that childhood cancers can strike the unsuspecting without rhyme or reason.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 15, 2018, with the headline 'When conventional cancer treatment doesn't work on kids'. Print Edition | Subscribe