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Lowering Risk of Second Malignancy in the Survivors of Childhood Cancer

M. J. Friedrich
JAMA. 2001;285(19):2435-2437. doi:10.1001/jama.285.19.2435.
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New Orleans—"When I teach cancer pharmacology to second-year medical students, I always put a blowtorch on the table and say, ‘There's no cancer I can't kill,'" said Barton Kamen, MD, PhD, professor of pediatrics at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, New Brunswick. "I'm not trying to be trivial," he said, "but I want to make the point that we don't treat cancer, we treat kids and we always worry about what we're doing."

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Daniel Malamut, a 12-year-old whose cancer is in remission, got the idea for a 6th-grade science project from his treatment experience. With just a little help from people at the University of Iowa Hospital Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, where he had received chemotherapy for a medulloblastoma for nearly a year, Daniel created the project—and earned the highest grade in his class. (Photo credit: Rex Bavousett, The University of Iowa, Illumine)

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