This commonly prescribed cancer drug was supposed to help save his life, instead it killed him

Some provinces pre-screen patients at risk of toxic reactions, but experts say tests don’t go far enough

When Dr. Anil Kapoor was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer in January his prognosis was positive, and his family was hopeful treatment would buy him several more years.

But weeks later, the 58-year-old Burlington, Ont., resident was dead — killed not by the cancer, say doctors, but by the commonly prescribed cancer drug Fluorouracil (5-FU) that was supposed to help save his life.

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