Study finds radiation unnecessary for children with ALL

06/25/2009 | Reuters

U.S. researchers said children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia do not need radiation in addition to chemotherapy. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found a survival rate of 91% at five years for children who typically would have been given radiation, but instead were given aggressive chemotherapy and no radiation. This compared with a 73% survival rate for children who had received radiation.

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