Medical interventions for the prevention of platinum-induced hearing loss in children with cancer

Cochrane Childhood Cancer Group, Emma Children’s Hospital / Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online) (Impact Factor: 6.03). 05/2012; 5(5):CD009219. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009219.pub2
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SEARCH METHODS: We searched the electronic databases Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) (The Cochrane Library 2014, Issue 1), MEDLINE (PubMed) (1945 to 17 March 2014) and EMBASE (Ovid) (1980 to 17 March 2014). In addition, we handsearched reference lists of relevant articles and the conference proceedings of the International Society for Paediatric Oncology (2006 to 2013), the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (2007 to 2013) and the International Conference on Long-Term Complications of Treatment of Children and Adolescents for Cancer (2010 to 2013). We scanned the International Standard Randomized Controlled Trial Number (ISRCTN) Register and the National Institute of Health Register for ongoing trials ( (searched on 17 March 2014).

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