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How Australia has cut child cancer deaths – and hopes to get to zero

An Australian plan to eliminate childhood cancer deaths using personalised medicine will be made available to all Australian children with the condition from 2023

Health 15 February 2022

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DNA sequencing helps offer a personalised approach to cancer

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An ambitious Australian programme to use personalised medicine to reduce the number of children who die of cancer to zero has already kept alive more than 150 children with aggressive cancers who would have otherwise died. The success of the scheme – the Zero Childhood Cancer Program, or Zero – means it will be made available to all Australian children with cancer from 2023.

One of Zero’s participants is Jack Burai in Sydney, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2017, when he was 9 years …