A new study examines the effects of cancer and its treatment on the aging process. Investigators found that the expression of a gene associated with aging is higher in young patients with cancer after treatment with chemotherapy and in young cancer survivors who are frail. The findings were published in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society (ACS).
Using the expression of the gene that codes for p16INK4a as a marker of age, Andrew Smitherman, MD, MSc, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and his colleagues examined immune cells circulating in the blood of young adult survivors of childhood cancers and of children and adolescents newly diagnosed with cancer.
Dr. Smitherman joins Dr. Roizen today to talk about this research and what it means to young cancer patients.
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