Tampa, Florida -- Eight out of 10 pediatric cancer patients will survive at least five years after treatment. Most are even cured according to the American Cancer Society. But the same treatments that save their lives can also have health effects later on in life, like heart disease, lung problems, and slowed growth.
Researchers at the new Pediatric Cancer Foundation's Sunshine Project Research Lab at Moffitt Cancer Center are on the verge of developing less toxic treatments for pediatric patients.
Cancer treatments that save lives can also have health effects later on in life.
Pediatric Oncologist Dr. Damon Reed said there's a need to find new treatments using cancer fighting properties in marine products or plants that will also mean kids spend less time in the hospital battling side effects like hair loss and nausea.
"There are people all over the country that are scouring sands, and waters and animals and various things for properties of anti-cancer properties. Extracts for lacks of a better word-- soups of these things. What we try to do in the cancer realm is to try to find the active ingredient in that soup," Dr. Reed said. "A cancer agent being less toxic isn't necessarily isn't only because it comes from a plant. But it's also in the high level design of the chemist making the molecule as perfect as possible."
The Sunshine Project Lab collaborates with more than a dozen cancer hospitals across the country to accelerate finding cutting edge treatments.
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