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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.
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

Essential oils have been found to kill the deadly MRSA bacteria

Essential oils have been found to kill the deadly MRSA bacteria

Gene therapy effective in helping children with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID)

Gene therapy effective in helping children with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID)

FDA accepts Genmab's Investigational New Drug Application for active rheumatoid arthritis treatment

FDA accepts Genmab's Investigational New Drug Application for active rheumatoid arthritis treatment

Zarnestra, a farnesyl transferase inhibitor, can help treat high-risk myelodysplastic syndrome patients

Zarnestra, a farnesyl transferase inhibitor, can help treat high-risk myelodysplastic syndrome patients

Revlimid clinical data in newly diagnosed multiple myeloma presented

Revlimid clinical data in newly diagnosed multiple myeloma presented

Study shows long-term benefits for chronic myeloid leukemia patients receiving therapy with imatinib

Study shows long-term benefits for chronic myeloid leukemia patients receiving therapy with imatinib

New drug can successfully treat patients who have become resistant to Gleevec

New drug can successfully treat patients who have become resistant to Gleevec

Genetic mutations and cellular modifications may provide clues to the associations between slight genetic abnormalities and often fatal diseases

Genetic mutations and cellular modifications may provide clues to the associations between slight genetic abnormalities and often fatal diseases

Researchers step closer to cure for common childhood cancer

Researchers step closer to cure for common childhood cancer

Genetic target found for pediatric leukemia

Genetic target found for pediatric leukemia