Diagnosis and Treatment Glossary

Here are some of the common terms used in the diagnosis and treatment of childhood cancer.  

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Immunotoxin

One of a new class of drugs undergoing clinical trials for the treatment of leukaemia.  Immunotoxin can specifically target cancerous cells, with a highly toxic compound that inactivates the cells’ ribosomes and thus inhibits protein synthesis.  Because the toxin does not attack the whole cell only tiny amounts are required.