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Cancer research in St. Louis expands thanks to grant

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Researchers in St. Louis are working to find a cure for childhood cancer and thanks to a recent grant, they can expand their studies and turn ideas into action.

Dr. Jeff Magee, Washington University pediatric oncologist at St. Louis Children's Hospital, was recently awarded an $800,000 grant from Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.

"I was thrilled," said Dr. Magee. "It's an honor to be supported by them and it's also great to know we will be able to continue our research and even expand the group and expand the scope of what we can do.

The funds will be used to help them better understand the differences between childhood and adult cancer so they can better treat sick kids.

"One of those differences is the infant leukemia will sometimes hijack the genes that are regulating normal development, how you go from one cell to a baby. So we are trying to understand how those normal processes are getting hijacked by the leukemia cells"

They are also working to find out how inherited genes play a role so they can predict who might be at risk and then personalize treatment for that patient.

Magee said while they are taking on a very challenging leukemia, they are already seeing results.

"Previously incurable cancers became curable over the course of five to ten years and we are hoping for the same results for infant leukemia," said Magee.

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