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Leukemia (Leukaemia) is a cancer of the blood cells. It is the most common type of blood cancer and affects 10 times as many adults as children. Most people diagnosed with leukemia are over 50 years old. No one knows why some people develop leukemia and others do not. However, scientists have identified some risk factors for the disease. Most people who have known risk factors do not get leukemia, while many who do get the disease have none of these risk factors. During the early stages of leukemia, there may be no symptoms. Many of the symptoms of leukemia don't become apparent until a large number of normal blood cells are crowded out by leukemia cells.
Acupuncture may be safe, effective treatment for chronic pain in pediatric patients

Acupuncture may be safe, effective treatment for chronic pain in pediatric patients

It is upsetting to see anyone in pain, but it's especially heartbreaking to watch a child endure chronic pain. In addition to the suffering itself, chronic pain can cause traumatic effects on a child's quality of life, and it can have significant physical, psychological and social consequences. Making matters worse, chronic pain greatly can affect the child's parents or caregivers by causing feelings of helplessness and inadequacy. [More]
Researchers discover novel way to enhance, restore cancer suppressor activity in B-ALL

Researchers discover novel way to enhance, restore cancer suppressor activity in B-ALL

Researchers at Penn State College of Medicine, working with Chinese and American colleagues, have discovered a novel way to enhance and restore cancer suppressor activity in B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, resulting in better outcomes in a pre-clinical model of the disease. The finding could pave the way for a new class of drugs for this and other forms of leukemia. [More]
Researchers discover new way for early detection of potentially deadly fungal infection in leukemia patients

Researchers discover new way for early detection of potentially deadly fungal infection in leukemia patients

A team of researchers have discovered a new way for early detection of a potentially deadly fungal infection in patients with suppressed immune systems such as those being treated for leukemia or have had an organ transplant. [More]
Nutritionist offers myriad methods to help people eat during cancer treatment

Nutritionist offers myriad methods to help people eat during cancer treatment

Ernestine Trujillo, MS, RD, LD, plays an important role in helping people through their cancer treatment: she helps them to eat. Eating keeps their strength up so that they can get through treatment. But eating during cancer treatment isn't always easy. Trujillo, a Senior Clinical Nutritionist at the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center, offers myriad methods to help people get the nutrition they need. [More]
Innovative Phase II trial evaluates effectiveness of diabetes medication for lymphoma

Innovative Phase II trial evaluates effectiveness of diabetes medication for lymphoma

Cancer, it could be said, grows like a weed: rapidly, invasively, and with devastating impact on the place it infests. Also like a weed, cancer can't grow on its own — it needs nourishment, which it drains from the human body, just as weeds take nutrients in the soil away from other plants. [More]
ICGC article lays foundation for the coming era of cancer genomic research

ICGC article lays foundation for the coming era of cancer genomic research

An eye-opening article from the International Cancer Genome Consortium was published today in the prestigious journal Nature Communications. It lays a foundation for the coming era of research in cancer genomics. [More]
New biobank initiative may help unlock some of the mysteries linked to Down syndrome

New biobank initiative may help unlock some of the mysteries linked to Down syndrome

Nationwide Children's Hospital and research advocacy group DownSyndrome Achieves have joined forces to create the first biobank in the country dedicated to collecting and managing blood samples from people with Down syndrome. [More]
Vagus nerve stimulation prevents hemorrhagic complications following surgery

Vagus nerve stimulation prevents hemorrhagic complications following surgery

Stimulating the vagus nerve is a potentially efficacious and safe way to stop the flow of blood and prevent hemorrhagic complications following surgery and other invasive procedures, according to a researcher in the Center for Bioelectronic Medicine at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. [More]
Marqibo now available to leukemia patients through myTomorrows' Internet-based platform

Marqibo now available to leukemia patients through myTomorrows' Internet-based platform

myTomorrows (Amsterdam, the Netherlands), announced today that it has started a collaboration with Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Henderson, USA) to provide access to its liposome-encapsulated vincristine for treatment of Philadelphia chromosome negative acute lymphoblastic leukemia. [More]
TET proteins needed to maintain genome instability, say researchers

TET proteins needed to maintain genome instability, say researchers

Members of the TET (short for ten-eleven translocation) family have been known to function as tumor suppressors for many years, but how they keep a lid on the uncontrolled cell proliferation of cancer cells had remained uncertain. Now, researchers at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology demonstrate that TET proteins collectively constitute a major class of tumor suppressors and are required to maintain genome instability. [More]
Study: Older breast cancer patients have better survival rates than what is predicted by ePrognosis tool

Study: Older breast cancer patients have better survival rates than what is predicted by ePrognosis tool

Older women with early-stage, invasive breast cancer had better survival rates than what was estimated by a popular online tool for predicting survival, according to researchers at the Duke Cancer Institute. [More]
NeoGenomics introduces NeoLAB Solid Tumor Monitor, NeoLAB BTK Inhibitor Acquired Resistance test

NeoGenomics introduces NeoLAB Solid Tumor Monitor, NeoLAB BTK Inhibitor Acquired Resistance test

NeoGenomics, Inc., a leading provider of cancer-focused genetic testing services, announced today an expansion of its liquid biopsy testing menu to include two new tests, a NeoLAB Solid Tumor Monitor and a NeoLAB BTK Inhibitor Acquired Resistance test. [More]
Researchers find new significant link between NPM protein and development of AML

Researchers find new significant link between NPM protein and development of AML

A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore has found a new significant correlation between the protein nucleophosmin (NPM) and the development of an aggressive form of blood cancer called acute myeloid leukemia (AML). [More]
Pediatric chemotherapy regimen improves outcomes in young adults with ALL

Pediatric chemotherapy regimen improves outcomes in young adults with ALL

Using a pediatric chemotherapy regimen to treat young adults with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) significantly improved their outcomes compared to what has historically been achieved with 'adult' treatment protocols, report Dana-Farber Cancer Institute scientists. [More]
First targeted treatment to improve survival of high-risk patients with acute myeloid leukemia

First targeted treatment to improve survival of high-risk patients with acute myeloid leukemia

Midostaurin added to standard chemotherapy is the first targeted treatment to improve survival of a high-risk, genetically defined subgroup of patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), reported Dr. Richard Stone, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, on behalf of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology group, in a plenary session at the 57th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition in Orlando. [More]
Study: Certain characteristics can lead to therapy-related leukemia in breast cancer survivors

Study: Certain characteristics can lead to therapy-related leukemia in breast cancer survivors

A new analysis indicates that certain characteristics may increase a breast cancer survivor’s risk of developing leukemia after undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings are a first step toward finding ways to prevent this serious and potentially life-threatening treatment-related complication. [More]
Amgen’s Phase 2 data supports safety, efficacy of BLINCYTO in ALL patients with minimal residual disease

Amgen’s Phase 2 data supports safety, efficacy of BLINCYTO in ALL patients with minimal residual disease

Amgen today announced that new data from three Phase 2 trials support the efficacy and safety of BLINCYTO (blinatumomab) in adults with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). [More]
New approaches to treating leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma

New approaches to treating leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma

New, highly targeted treatment approaches for leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma to be presented today at the 57th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition represent a tremendous expansion of oral and intravenous therapy options for patients with blood cancers. [More]

Yale study identifies how myeloma cells escape treatment

One of the biggest questions about the treatment of multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer, is why nearly all patients treated with current therapies eventually suffer relapse. A Yale Cancer Center study may have solved this mystery by identifying how cancer cells escape treatment, leading to recurrence. [More]
Ibrutinib more effective than traditional chemotherapy in older untreated patients with CLL

Ibrutinib more effective than traditional chemotherapy in older untreated patients with CLL

A multi-center, international, randomized, Phase III study of older untreated patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) demonstrated that ibrutinib, a kinase inhibitor, is significantly more effective than traditional chemotherapy with chlorambucil. [More]
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