Surgery drug can­cer link

Sunday Mail - - FRONT PAGE - GRANT McARTHUR

FEARS drugs used dur­ing can­cer surgery may cause dis­eases to re­turn have prompted a ma­jor study into anaes­thetic gas.

With Aus­tralian can­cer pa­tients un­der­go­ing more than 300,000 op­er­a­tions us­ing anaes­thetic each year, re­searchers are lead­ing an in­ter­na­tional study into their safety that could have global ram­i­fi­ca­tions.

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has backed Mel­bourne re­search af­ter an “alarm­ing” re­view of can­cer cases found pa­tients anaes­thetised with in­haled gas had sig­nif­i­cantly higher rates of their dis­ease re­turn­ing than those op­er­ated on un­der in­tra­venous anaes­thetic.

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