Erwinaze Approved to Treat Leukemia
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Erwinaze ( asparaginase Erwinia chrysanthemi ) to treat patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), who have developed an allergy (hypersensitivity) to E. coli derived asparaginase and pegapargase chemotherapy drugs used to treat ALL.
Hiding in Plain Sight - Old Drug, New Use
Finding new uses for existing drugs has taken on new emphasis of late. With advanced technology making it easier to test for "new" benefits in existing drugs, medical researchers may have hit a home run with an old antibiotic.
First Cord Blood Product Gets FDA Stamp of Approval
For the first time, U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials have given the green light to an umbilical cord blood product that could be used in stem cell transplants for patients with blood cancer, or metabolic or immune disorders.
Some Drugs are Easier to Stick with Than Others
So you have to take a pill every day. It's saving your life, but doing anything every single day for the rest of your life is daunting. Recent research looked at which medications leukemia patients take more faithfully.
These Genes are Made for Returning
Genes are continuing to be the superheroes of treatment breakthroughs. A new study has discovered a gene linked to leukemia coming back in younger patients.
These Chemo Treatments Make a Great Team
Teaming up with a partner makes any difficult task easier. When therapies team up even the difficult task of dealing with an incurable disease is made easier.
Acute Leukemia More Deadly in Minorities
The Fourth American Association of Cancer Research ( AACR ) Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities is demonstrating that different races live with and survive cancers at very different rates. Acute leukemia is no exception.
Cardiovascular Drug Shows Promise in Treating Leukemia
Acute leukemias occur rapidly and are often extremely difficult to treat. Researchers have found that an existing cardiovascular medication may offer new treatment options.
Inherited Leukemia Gene Discovered
Researchers have had success in identifying genetic errors that lead to a number of different types of cancers. This hasn't been the case with blood cancers, though - until now.
Drug Offers Cancer Patients a Normal Life
For some patients, living with chronic myelogenous leukemia ( CML ) isn't terribly difficult; it just means taking a single pill once a day and living normal life.