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Metronomic therapy in pediatric oncology: A snapshot.

The Pediatric Blood and Cancer journal has just published a review about the use of metronomic chemotherapy in children entitled : Metronomic therapy in pediatric oncology: A snapshot.

The article has been written by Pramanik R, Bakhshi S from the department of Medical Oncology, Dr. B. R.A. Institute Rotary Cancer Hospital, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Metronomic chemotherapy transitioned from the bench to bedside in the early 2000s and since then has carved a niche for itself in pediatric oncology. It has been used solely or in combination with other modalities such as radiotherapy, maximum tolerated dose chemotherapy, and targeted agents in adjuvant, palliative, as well as maintenance settings. No wonder, the resulting medical literature is extremely heterogeneous. In this review, the authors review and synthesize the published literature in pediatric metronomics giving a glimpse of its history, varied applications, and evolution of this genre of chemotherapy in pediatric cancers. Limitations, future prospects, and grey areas are also highlighted.

the full text can be found here