Mapping Leukemia Evolution
The thing that strikes the most fear in the hearts of cancer patients is wondering if a remission is real, or if the cancer is just on pause. These fears linger despite the most aggressive treatments and the best doctors.
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Cancer Cart Before the Horse
The last few decades have seen an incredible growth in the number and kinds of drugs used to treat cancer, including entirely new classes of drugs outside traditional chemotherapy.
Schizophrenia Drug Counteracts Leukemia
Scientists have long observed that the same molecule can have a variety of different functions in the body depending on where it is at that moment.
Rare Leukemia Explained
Given the long list of side effects associated with traditional cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation, newer treatments focus on targets associated with the cancer that are as specific as possible.
Stronger Blood Cancer Drug Appears Successful
Part of the treatment for especially severe cancers of the blood is to destroy all the cells in the bone marrow that are responsible for making both the good and bad parts of the blood with radiation therapy.
Missing Leukemias Found
A recent study shows just how fragile the relationship between reported news and truth can be. The recent drop in reported myeloid leukemias over the last decade may be just a classification error.
Kinder Drugs for Seniors
Elderly patients with leukemia may not be able to tolerate chemotherapy as well as they once could, or simply may not want to deal with the serious side effects anymore.
No Bone Drug Better Than Another
Multiple myeloma is a cancer of the blood cells. It grows in the bone marrow, and can cause long bones like the thigh bone (femur) and bones in the spine to break. Drug therapy with a class of drugs can help to prevent these fractures.
Identifying Aggressive Leukemia
There are two main types of chronic lymphocytic leukemia, and knowing whether a patient has the aggressive or the slow version is very important to determine treatment early on.