The word 'leukemia' is a very frightening word. In many instances, it's a killer and it's something that you have to deal with in a very serious and determined way if you're going to beat it - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
It appears that immunotherapy research is finally going to pay dividends when it comes to leukemia.
"A treatment that genetically alters a patient’s own immune cells to fight cancer has, for the first time, produced remissions in adults with an acute leukemia that is usually lethal, researchers are reporting. In one patient who was severely ill, all traces of leukemia vanished in eight days.
“We had hoped, but couldn’t have predicted that the response would be so profound and rapid,” said Dr. Renier J. Brentjens, the first author of a new study of the therapy and a specialist in leukemia at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
The treatment is experimental, has been used in only a small number of patients and did not work in all of them. But experts consider it a highly promising approach for a variety of malignancies, including other blood cancers and tumors in organs like the prostate gland...
The treatment uses patients’ own T-cells, a type of white blood cell that normally fights viruses and cancer. The patient’s blood is run through a machine that extracts T-cells and returns the rest of the blood to the body.
Researchers then do some genetic engineering: they use a disabled virus as a “vector” to carry new genetic material into the T cells, which reprograms them to recognize and kill any cell that carries a particular protein on its surface." Source: Denise Grady, Cell Therapy Shows Promise for Acute Type of Leukemia, The New York Times, March 20, 2013.
A Breakthrough Cure for Leukemia?
This week a group of scientists from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center published what may be a genuine breakthrough in the search for a cure for cancer.
In one sense, all we do is connect people. We connect one person, whose immune system needs a boost with another person, who is prepared to share a little of theirs. Matching patients with donors.
Children with Leukemia
The Jennifer Lynn Stroud Foundation promotes research for a leukemia cure and offers educational, emotional and spiritual support to families impacted by pediatric cancer.
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Knowledge is power. Are you facing a new diagnosis, recurrence, living with metastatic disease, or supporting a loved one through their cancer journey? The Cancer Connect Leukemia Information Center has current, evidence-based information for you.
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Leukemia is cancer of blood-forming tissue such as bone marrow. Types of leukemia are grouped by the type of cell affected and by the rate of cell growth. Leukemia is either acute or chronic.
Leukemia affects people of all ages. Approximately 85% of leukemias in children are of the acute type.
The ALL form of the disease most commonly occurs in younger children ages 2 to 8, with a peak incidence at age 4. But it can affect all age groups.
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Leukemia is cancer of your body's blood-forming tissues, including the bone marrow and lymphatic system. The word "leukemia" means "white blood" in Greek.
Leukemia can develop quickly or slowly. Chronic leukemia grows slowly. In acute leukemia, the cells are very abnormal and their number increases rapidly. Adults can get either type; childen with leukemia most often have an acute type. Some leukemias can often be cured.
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