THE ENEMY WITHIN

THOUGH NO MAGIC BULLET IS AT HAND, CANCER IS GRADUALLY SUCCUMBING TO A SLOW BUT STEADY DOSE OF STRATEGIES

Deep inside Dustin Fagan's brain, a cobwebby growth was spreading. Nothing, it seemed, could arrest the malignant tumor's terrible advance: not surgery, not radiation, not standard chemotherapy. So to save the nine-year-old's life, his doctors decided to kill him--nearly. They increased the dosage of an anticancer agent known as cyclophosphamide to levels that completely wiped out Dustin's bone marrow and thus destroyed his ability to generate new red and white blood cells. Then they revived their small patient by injecting him with healthy marrow that had been drawn in advance from his hipbone. The result: today Dustin is 12 and about...

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