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CAN­CER treat­ment for all suf­fer­ers, in­clud­ing chil­dren, could be rev­o­lu­tionised by a new clin­i­cal trial.

Un­der the na­tional trial, which the Zero Child­hood Can­cer ini­tia­tive will start to­day, 400 ter­mi­nally-ill chil­dren will re­ceive per­son­alised treat­ment based on ge­netic screen­ing of can­cer cells and tu­mours.

Sci­en­tists from 13 lead­ing Aus­tralian and in­ter­na­tional re­search in­sti­tutes and doc­tors from all eight of Aus­tralia’s chil­dren’s can­cer cen­tres will work to­gether to iden­tify and rec­om­mend new treat­ment op­tions.

Tu­mour sam­ples will be tested against hun­dreds of drugs to see which treat­ments will work best.

Michelle Haber, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Chil­dren’s Can­cer In­sti­tute, said this was the “most ex­cit­ing can­cer ini­tia­tive” she had seen.

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