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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.
Experimental drug Revlimid showing promise as treatment for myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS)

Experimental drug Revlimid showing promise as treatment for myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS)

Artemisinin could selectively kill cancer cells while leaving normal cells unharmed

Artemisinin could selectively kill cancer cells while leaving normal cells unharmed

Level of immune cell DNA in the blood might help predict success of stem cell transplantation

Level of immune cell DNA in the blood might help predict success of stem cell transplantation

Cell research signals cancer hope

Cell research signals cancer hope

Gene used in brain development can cause childhood brain cancers

Gene used in brain development can cause childhood brain cancers

Compound, derived from a rare South American plant, stops the growth of human breast cancer cells

Compound, derived from a rare South American plant, stops the growth of human breast cancer cells

Eleventh Edition of the Report on Carcinogens

Eleventh Edition of the Report on Carcinogens

Why some men develop aggressive prostate cancer that becomes resistant to hormone-withdrawal therapy

Why some men develop aggressive prostate cancer that becomes resistant to hormone-withdrawal therapy

Research may provide the basis for development of a new, extensive immunotherapy for human tumors

Research may provide the basis for development of a new, extensive immunotherapy for human tumors

New highly active agents against leishmaniasis

New highly active agents against leishmaniasis

New blood tests to soon replace painful bone marrow biopsies for leukemia and lymphoma patients

New blood tests to soon replace painful bone marrow biopsies for leukemia and lymphoma patients

Cord blood transplantation now a viable option for adult leukemia patients

Cord blood transplantation now a viable option for adult leukemia patients

FDA knocks back anticancer drug Marqibo

FDA knocks back anticancer drug Marqibo

Prenatal exposure to industrial and environmental pollutants probably causes most childhood cancers

Prenatal exposure to industrial and environmental pollutants probably causes most childhood cancers

Researchers to test new leukemia drug

Researchers to test new leukemia drug

Potential new therapies for cancer and bleeding disorders

Potential new therapies for cancer and bleeding disorders

Glia cells may be essential for the normal development of nerve cells responsible for hearing and balance

Glia cells may be essential for the normal development of nerve cells responsible for hearing and balance

First new leukemia treatment approved specifically for children in more than a decade

First new leukemia treatment approved specifically for children in more than a decade

Chemotherapy lowers levels of antioxidants and micronutrients

Chemotherapy lowers levels of antioxidants and micronutrients

Certain leukemia oncogenes switch on genetic programs that govern self-renewal, a unique stem cell characteristic

Certain leukemia oncogenes switch on genetic programs that govern self-renewal, a unique stem cell characteristic