Montreal researcher’s work could identify children at risk for cancer

Detecting a hereditary disease in a child who already has cancer could allow doctors to adjust the treatment he or she receives.

(CTV News/ The Associated Press) — The work of a Montreal researcher could lead to identifying which children have a genetic predisposition to cancer, allowing them to be closely monitored and, hopefully, lead to an early diagnosis of the disease.

There are believed to be more than 125 types of genetic predispositions to cancer in young people, and new types are constantly being identified.

“Our research is aimed at identifying children who have cancer and whose cancer is likely related to an underlying hereditary disease,” said Dr. Catherine Goudie, an oncologist at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. “The goal is to find syndromes in children who have cancer.” (…)

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