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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.
Protein-signaling process accelerates work of gene mutation linked to common form of adult leukemia

Protein-signaling process accelerates work of gene mutation linked to common form of adult leukemia

In preliminary experiments with mice and lab-grown cells, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center scientists have found that a protein-signaling process accelerates the work of the gene most frequently mutated in a common form of adult leukemia and is likely necessary to bring about the full-blown disease. [More]
Researchers examine specific causes of mortality after blood and marrow transplant

Researchers examine specific causes of mortality after blood and marrow transplant

Blood and Marrow Transplantation (BMT) is a potentially curative treatment for patients with leukemia or other life-threating blood diseases. With a goal of increasing survival rates, a research team led by Roswell Park Cancer Institute investigators verified patient outcome data submitted by more than 150 U.S. transplant centers over an 11-year period to the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research. [More]
Researchers identify potential treatment option for childhood leukemia

Researchers identify potential treatment option for childhood leukemia

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center and its Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center are reporting a potentially important discovery in the battle against one of the most devastating forms of leukemia that accounts for as many as one in five children with a particularly aggressive form of the disease relapsing within a decade. [More]
US cancer physicians explore new approach to help older patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplant

US cancer physicians explore new approach to help older patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplant

When stem cell transplant first became part of standard treatment for certain cancers and blood diseases twenty years ago, individuals older than 60 were rarely considered for the procedure. [More]
Enhancing body's gut defense system can reverse bloodstream infections

Enhancing body's gut defense system can reverse bloodstream infections

An upset in the body's natural balance of gut bacteria that may lead to life-threatening bloodstream infections can be reversed by enhancing a specific immune defense response, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have found. [More]
Researchers report new way to treat T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Researchers report new way to treat T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center and its Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center are reporting a potentially important discovery in the battle against one of the most devastating forms of leukemia that accounts for as many as one in five children with a particularly aggressive form of the disease relapsing within a decade. [More]
Janssen begins rolling submission of daratumumab BLA to FDA for treatment of patients with multiple myeloma

Janssen begins rolling submission of daratumumab BLA to FDA for treatment of patients with multiple myeloma

Janssen Research & Development, LLC has initiated the rolling submission of its Biologic License Application (BLA) for daratumumab to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of patients with multiple myeloma who have received at least three prior lines of therapy, including a proteasome inhibitor (PI) and an immunomodulatory agent (IMiD), or who are double refractory to a PI and an IMiD. [More]
Research shows how social network analysis can help identify cancer biomarkers

Research shows how social network analysis can help identify cancer biomarkers

The advent of online social networks has led to the rapid development of tools for understanding the interactions between members of the network, their activity, the connections, the hubs and nodes. But, any relationships between lots of entities, whether users of Facebook and Twitter, bees in a colony, birds in a flock, or the genes and proteins in our bodies can be analyzed with the same tools. [More]
Ibrutinib (IMBRUVICA) improves survival in treatment-naïve patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia

Ibrutinib (IMBRUVICA) improves survival in treatment-naïve patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia

Today, Pharmacyclics LLC, an AbbVie company, announced that ibrutinib (IMBRUVICA) improved progression-free survival (PFS; primary endpoint) and multiple secondary endpoints including overall survival (OS) and overall response rate (ORR) in treatment-naïve patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia or small lymphocytic lymphoma (CLL/SLL, respectively) in the final analysis of the Phase III RESONATE™-2 (PCYC-1115) trial. [More]
Transwestern named a finalist in 2015 NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes awards program

Transwestern named a finalist in 2015 NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes awards program

Transwestern today announces it has been named one of five finalists in the 2015 NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes awards program. Nominated in the "Workplace Wellness Hero" category, Transwestern is being recognized for its company-wide wellness program and efforts to promote a healthy work environment. [More]
CASI files application with CFDA to conduct ENMD-2076 Phase 2 trial in fibrolamellar carcinoma patients

CASI files application with CFDA to conduct ENMD-2076 Phase 2 trial in fibrolamellar carcinoma patients

CASI Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the acquisition, development and commercialization of innovative therapeutics addressing cancer and other unmet medical needs for the global market with a commercial focus on China, announced today that it has filed an application with China's Food and Drug Administration to conduct a Phase 2 clinical trial in fibrolamellar carcinoma (FLC) patients in China for its proprietary drug candidate, ENMD-2076. [More]
Phase 2 results from Abbvie’s veliparib study in NSCLC presented at ASCO 2015

Phase 2 results from Abbvie’s veliparib study in NSCLC presented at ASCO 2015

AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company, today announced findings from a Phase 2 study of the investigational medicine veliparib combined with the chemotherapy regimen carboplatin and paclitaxel that showed an improvement in median progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with previously untreated metastatic or advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who are current smokers. [More]
Novartis CTL019 CAR T cell therapy demonstrates potential to treat B-cell lymphomas

Novartis CTL019 CAR T cell therapy demonstrates potential to treat B-cell lymphomas

Novartis is highlighting data from an ongoing Phase II clinical study of CTL019, an investigational chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy, that indicate its potential in the treatment of specific types of hard-to-treat non-Hodgkin lymphoma. [More]
Poster related to Cantex's lead compound CX-01 presented at ASCO 2015

Poster related to Cantex's lead compound CX-01 presented at ASCO 2015

Cantex Pharmaceuticals, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing medications that block critical mechanisms by which cancer spreads and resists treatment, today announced Tibor Kovacsovics, M.D., Medical Director for the Inpatient Service of the Division of Hematology and Hematologic Malignancies and Director of Hematologic Malignancy Clinical Research at Huntsman Cancer Institute presented a poster related to Cantex's lead compound, CX-01, at the 51st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). [More]
Pharmacyclics's Phase III RESONATE™ trial shows adherence to 420mg dose of IMBRUVICA improves outcomes in CLL patients

Pharmacyclics's Phase III RESONATE™ trial shows adherence to 420mg dose of IMBRUVICA improves outcomes in CLL patients

Pharmacyclics LLC today highlighted results from a sub-analysis of the Phase III RESONATE™ (PCYC-1112) trial, which found that previously-treated patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) who adhered to the recommended 420 mg dose of IMBRUVICA® (ibrutinib) experienced improved progression-free survival (PFS; the primary endpoint) as assessed by an Independent Review Committee (IRC), compared to patients who took lower doses or missed doses, regardless of high-risk genetic factors. [More]
Asterias reports positive data from AST-VAC1 Phase 2 trial for intermediate, high risk AML

Asterias reports positive data from AST-VAC1 Phase 2 trial for intermediate, high risk AML

Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on the emerging field of regenerative medicine, today announced positive, new, long-term follow-up data from a Phase 2 clinical trial of AST-VAC1 in patients with intermediate and high risk acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). [More]
Pharmacyclics’ Ibrutinib Phase Ib/II data show ibrutinib may be safe and effective in patients with cGVHD

Pharmacyclics’ Ibrutinib Phase Ib/II data show ibrutinib may be safe and effective in patients with cGVHD

Pharmacyclics LLC today announced interim results from the ongoing Phase Ib/II PCYC-1129 study suggesting that ibrutinib (IMBRUVICA) may be a safe and effective treatment for patients with chronic graft-versus-host-disease (cGVHD) who were either refractory to steroid treatment or were steroid-dependent. [More]
Abbvie presents venetoclax Phase 1 results in patients with multiple myeloma at ASCO 2015

Abbvie presents venetoclax Phase 1 results in patients with multiple myeloma at ASCO 2015

AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company, today announced that results from a Phase 1b trial of investigational venetoclax, a novel inhibitor of the B-cell lymphoma-2 (BCL-2) protein that is being developed in partnership with Genentech and Roche, in combination with bortezomib and dexamethasone, showed an 83 percent overall response rate (n=5/6) in bortezomib-naive patients with relapsed/refractory (R/R) multiple myeloma, including two patients who achieved complete responses.1 These data will be presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting on Sunday, May 31, in Chicago. [More]
Phase III HELIOS trial results show ibrutinib combination therapy improves outcomes  in CLL/SLL patients

Phase III HELIOS trial results show ibrutinib combination therapy improves outcomes in CLL/SLL patients

Today, Pharmacyclics LLC announced the results of the Phase III HELIOS trial (CLL3001), which found that patients with previously treated chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL) who received ibrutinib (IMBRUVICA) in combination with bendamustine and rituximab (BR) experienced an 80% reduction in the risk of progression or death compared to patients receiving placebo in combination with BR. [More]
Additional preclinical data on DelMar’s VAL-083 to treat temozolomide-resistant GBM presented at AACR

Additional preclinical data on DelMar’s VAL-083 to treat temozolomide-resistant GBM presented at AACR

DelMar Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing proven cancer therapies in new orphan drug indications, presented additional preclinical data at the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) Advances in Brain Cancer Research Conference on the potential for its lead product candidate VAL-083 (dianhydrogalactitol) to treat patients with temozolomide-resistant glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). [More]
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