Circadian rhythms boost cancer therapies


By Linda Geddes YOU use a clock to decide when to get up and when to go to bed. Now it seems that timing is everything when it comes to taking cancer medication as well. The ability to pinpoint when chemo and radiotherapies will be least harmful, and most effective, should allow doctors to maximise tumour shrinkage with a minimum of side effects. The idea of “chronotherapy” is not new – doctors have known for some time that the side effects of drugs such as oxaliplatin are less if patients are treated at night,
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