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Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a cancer of the white blood cells, the cells in the body that normally fight infections. There are two main types of white blood cells-lymphoid cells and myeloid cells. ALL affects lymphoid cells.

Leukemia cells are abnormal cells that cannot do what normal blood cells do. The abnormal cells are immature white blood cells that cannot help the body fight infections. For this reason, children with ALL often get infections and have fevers.

ALL is also called acute lymphocytic leukemia. It is the most common leukemia in children.
FDA grants Breakthrough Therapy status to Novartis' CTL019 for treatment of relapsed/refractory ALL

FDA grants Breakthrough Therapy status to Novartis' CTL019 for treatment of relapsed/refractory ALL

Novartis announced today that the United States Food and Drug Administration has granted Breakthrough Therapy status to CTL019, an investigational chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) therapy for the treatment of pediatric and adult patients with relapsed/refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia (r/r ALL). [More]
Penn’s immunotherapy receives FDA's Breakthrough Therapy designation for ALL treatment

Penn’s immunotherapy receives FDA's Breakthrough Therapy designation for ALL treatment

A University of Pennsylvania-developed personalized immunotherapy has been awarded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Breakthrough Therapy designation for the treatment of relapsed and refractory adult and pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). [More]
Leukemia researcher wins 2014 Taubman Prize for Excellence in Translational Medical Science

Leukemia researcher wins 2014 Taubman Prize for Excellence in Translational Medical Science

A physician-scientist who developed a personalized immunotherapy for leukemia using patients' own T cells is the recipient of the 2014 Taubman Prize for Excellence in Translational Medical Science, awarded by the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute at the University of Michigan Medical School. [More]
ARIAD reports data from Iclusig Phase 2 trial in adult patients with gastrointestinal stromal tumors

ARIAD reports data from Iclusig Phase 2 trial in adult patients with gastrointestinal stromal tumors

ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced, for the first time, data from its Phase 2 trial of Iclusig (ponatinib) in adult patients with refractory metastatic and/or unresectable gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST). [More]
Study suggests new targets for treating rare genetic disorder and cancer

Study suggests new targets for treating rare genetic disorder and cancer

The combined action of two enzymes, Srs2 and Exo1, prevents and repairs common genetic mutations in growing yeast cells, according to a new study led by scientists at NYU Langone Medical Center. [More]
Longer looks: How doctors treat patients; myths about Obamacare; curing cancer

Longer looks: How doctors treat patients; myths about Obamacare; curing cancer

Many years ago I spent a lunch hour in a doctors' dining room eavesdropping on two white-coated men of a certain age idly discussing a colleague who worked at the city hospital next door. [More]
Research offers potential for future treatment of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Research offers potential for future treatment of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Researchers at Children's Hospital Los Angeles have discovered that by targeting a particular receptor, chemotherapy-resistant cancer cells can be killed in an acute form of childhood leukemia, offering the potential for a future treatment for patients who would otherwise experience relapse of their disease. [More]
ARIAD provides update on corporate developments, reports Q1 2014 financial results

ARIAD provides update on corporate developments, reports Q1 2014 financial results

ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today reported financial results for the first quarter of 2014, including revenue from sales of Iclusig® (ponatinib) and licensing agreements. The Company also provided an update on corporate developments. [More]
RDT receives FDA approval for new liquid form of treatment for patients with ALL

RDT receives FDA approval for new liquid form of treatment for patients with ALL

Rare Disease Therapeutics, Inc. (RDT), the producer of orphan pharmaceuticals for the treatment of rare diseases, announced today that they have received FDA approval for PURIXAN™ (mercaptopurine) 20 mg/mL oral suspension---a new, easier-to-dose, liquid form of an established treatment for patients with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). [More]
Researchers reveal connection between Down syndrome and acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Researchers reveal connection between Down syndrome and acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Although doctors have long known that people with Down syndrome have a heightened risk of developing acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) during childhood, they haven't been able to explain why. Now, a team of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute investigators has uncovered a connection between the two conditions. [More]
Longer looks: Vermont's single payer system; Nevada's cancer cluster; the toll of dementia on a family

Longer looks: Vermont's single payer system; Nevada's cancer cluster; the toll of dementia on a family

Skatchewan is a vast prairie province in the middle of Canada. It's home to hockey great Gordie Howe and the world's first curling museum. But Canadians know it for another reason: it's the birthplace of the country's single-payer health-care system. [More]
FDA grants orphan drug designation to ERYTECH’s lead product for AML treatment

FDA grants orphan drug designation to ERYTECH’s lead product for AML treatment

ERYTECH Pharma, a French biopharmaceutical company that develops innovative treatments for acute leukemia and other oncology indications with unmet medical needs, announces that its lead product GRASPA®/ERY-ASP has been granted Orphan Drug Designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), an aggressive form of blood cancer. [More]
Otsuka inks agreement with Eisai to acquire rights to hematological cancer treatment Dacogen

Otsuka inks agreement with Eisai to acquire rights to hematological cancer treatment Dacogen

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. has announced an agreement with Eisai Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of Eisai Co., Ltd. to acquire rights to the hematological cancer treatment Dacogen and to an enzyme inhibitor, E7727. [More]
Scientists move a step closer to preserving fertility in young boys with cancer

Scientists move a step closer to preserving fertility in young boys with cancer

Scientists have moved a step closer to being able to preserve fertility in young boys who undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatments for cancer. The new research, published in Fertility and Sterility, the journal of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, addresses the safety of an option scientists are developing for boys who aren't sexually mature and cannot bank sperm. [More]
Researchers examine mothers’ condition during maintenance period after child's treatment for ALL

Researchers examine mothers’ condition during maintenance period after child's treatment for ALL

"It's a whole new cancer world" and "I don't remember what it's like to have sleep" were the most common themes of mothers interviewed by University of Colorado Cancer Center researchers during the maintenance period after a child's treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). [More]
UCLA develops experimental treatment that eliminates acute type of leukemia in mice

UCLA develops experimental treatment that eliminates acute type of leukemia in mice

A diverse team of scientists from UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has developed an experimental treatment that eradicates an acute type of leukemia in mice without any detectable toxic side effects. [More]
UCLA scientists developed experimental treatment that eradicates acute type of leukemia in mice

UCLA scientists developed experimental treatment that eradicates acute type of leukemia in mice

A diverse team of scientists from UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have developed an experimental treatment that eradicates an acute type of leukemia in mice without any detectable toxic side effects. The drug works by blocking two important metabolic pathways that the leukemia cells need to grow and spread. [More]
Novel two-pronged strategy targeting DNA synthesis treats leukemia in mice

Novel two-pronged strategy targeting DNA synthesis treats leukemia in mice

A novel two-pronged strategy targeting DNA synthesis can treat leukemia in mice, according to a study in The Journal of Experimental Medicine. [More]
Cell therapy: A powerful treatment for cancer patients

Cell therapy: A powerful treatment for cancer patients

Investigators from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center have reported more encouraging news about one of the most exciting methods of cancer treatment today. The largest clinical study ever conducted to date of patients with advanced leukemia found that 88 percent achieved complete remissions after being treated with genetically modified versions of their own immune cells. [More]

Cogstate technology to be applied in paediatric clinical trial in the U.S.

Medical technology company Cogstate Limited has today announced its technology will be used in a large paediatric clinical trial in the United States. [More]