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Chernobyl’s thyroid cancer patients
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MORE than a quarter of a century after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of April 26, 1986, many children and teenagers from Ukraine, Belarus and western Russia who developed “differentiated” thyroid cancer owing to radiation are in complete or near remission, according to a recent study published online on April 24 in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Most of the patients had developed the papillary subtype of differentiated thyroid cancer. Although this cancer tends to be more aggressive in children than in adults, the study has found that nearly all the patients tracked in the study responded favourably to treatment.


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