Cancer drugs that speed onto the market based on encouraging preliminary studies often don’t show clear benefits when more careful follow-up trials are done, according to research published Tuesday

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Our Yoram Unguru writes, “Having cancer is hard enough without unnecessary and preventable impediments such as drug shortages, which represent a particularly vexing challenge. In the United States, shortages of drugs for cancer and other diseases over the past decade have become the new normal and the problem is getting worse.”

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A look at why some families dealing with serious illnesses are having to put treatment on hold over prescription drug shortages – with comments from our Yoram Unguru

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Bob Field was set to kick off his second course of BCG — a potent immunotherapy that treats his fast-growing bladder cancer. Instead, the New York City banking executive got a call from his urologist’s office, canceling that week’s appointment

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As a pediatric hematologist-oncologist, our Yoram Unguru, MD, has had his share of heart-wrenching conversations. “But one of the hardest is sitting down with a patient and family and telling them there’s a drug that’s part of the curative regimen, but it’s not available because there’s a shortage”

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Liz O’Riordan went from doctor to patient, and back again. Here’s what she learned on the way

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Georgia Moore was diagnosed with leukemia the day after her 10th birthday. The fourth-grader began an intense chemotherapy regimen, which left her immune system vulnerable and kept her from attending her school. But her younger sister was in kindergarten at the same school, where a handful of families opted out of vaccinating their children. That meant 6-year-old Ivy might bring home germs that could pose a risk to Georgia

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Doctors and parents sometimes disagree about a child’s medical treatment. As the recent case of six-year-old boy Oshin Kiszko highlights, some disagreements between doctors and parents can’t be resolved by further information and discussion

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