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  • Posted: 03/26/2013
NCI Cancer Center News

New chemo drug gentler on fertility, tougher on cancer

In a pre-clinical study using mice, a new gentler chemotherapy drug in the form of nanoparticles packed with the chemotherapy drug, arsenic trioxide, has been designed by Northwestern Medicine scientists to be less toxic to a young woman’s fertility but extra tough on cancer. This is the first cancer drug tested while in development for its effect on fertility using a novel in vitro test. Northwestern is home to the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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