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First published Wednesday 25 May 2016.

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The Perth team is now negotiating to start a clinical trial of a new class of drugs, which were developed for adult cancer and have never been tested in children.

“The hope is that we’ll find some more treatments which will maximise the effects of the chemotherapy so we can reduce the radiation which has more damaging side-effects on the patient in the long term,” Dr Gottardo said.

  • Medulloblastoma is the most common malignant brain tumour of childhood.
  • The disease affects one in five children who have a brain tumour.
  • Medulloblastoma is curable in approximately 70% of patients.