Drug shortages threaten cancer recovery

12/30/2012 | ABC News

Young cancer patients who were unable to take a certain drug because of national supply shortages were more likely to relapse than those who received the preferred treatment, according to a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers found that 75% of Hodgkin lymphoma patients who received a substitute medication, cyclophosphamide, stayed cancer-free for two years, compared with 88% who received the first-choice medication mechlorethamine.

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