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Team led by UEA and University of Manchester publish breakthrough study


Scientists studying a form of bone cancer that took the life of a "super strong" five-year-old girl say they have had a potential breakthrough.

The researchers believe they have discovered a way to stop the spread of the devastating childhood cancer osteosarcoma.

TheĀ study, which began in June 2017, has been led by researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the University of Manchester.

Dr Darrell Green, from the UEA, said he was hopeful the work could eventually “save lives and improve quality of life”.

What is osteosarcoma?

  • Osteosarcoma is a type of bone cancer mostly diagnosed in teenagers and young people
  • It is the third most common childhood cancer, with about 52,000 new cases every year worldwide
  • The overall five-year survival rate is 42%
  • A quarter of patients present with osteosarcoma that has already spread
  • There has been no new treatment since the introduction of chemotherapy in 1979


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