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FDA Approves First Gene Therapy, Kymriah, for Use in U.S.

Posted 30 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 30, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration broke new ground in cancer care Wednesday by approving the first gene therapy for patients in the United States. Kymriah (tisagenlecleucel) genetically tweaks a patient's own immune system cells into what scientists call "a living drug" to battle a form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). The immunotherapy now can be used in ...

Childhood Chemo May Have Lasting Effects on Memory

Posted 20 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 20, 2017 – Childhood cancer survivors who had chemotherapy may have certain types of thinking and memory problems as young adults, a small study suggests. Belgian researchers assessed 31 young adults who had undergone chemotherapy. They were at an average age of slightly over 6 when they had the treatment. The researchers compared them with a control group of young adults who ...

Gleevec Keeps a Leukemia in Check for More Than a Decade: Study

Posted 9 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 – The cancer drug Gleevec appears to keep chronic myeloid leukemia at bay a decade into treatment – with no signs of additional safety risks, a new study finds. Gleevec – known generically as imatinib – was hailed as a "wonder drug" when it was introduced in 2001 for treating chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). CML is a type of blood cancer that strikes about 5,000 ...

Gene Therapy Helps 2 Babies Fight Type of Leukemia

Posted 25 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 – Two infants with an advanced form of leukemia are in remission after treatment with genetically tweaked immune system cells, British researchers report. Both babies had run out of treatment options for their cancer, known as B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or ALL. But, after treatment with genetically altered T-cells – a type of immune system cell – both went ...

New Immune Therapy Achieves Complete Remission in Blood Cancer Patients

Posted 16 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

A new therapy that uses a person's immune system to attack tumors led to complete remission in terminally ill blood cancer patients, according to researchers. In a clinical trial, symptoms vanished in 94 percent of leukemia patients who received the treatment. The response rate was more than 80 percent in patients with other blood cancers, and half achieved total remission, CNBC reported. The ...

Antibody May Lower Rejection Rates After Stem Cell Transplant in Leukemia Patients

Posted 7 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 6, 2016 – People with acute leukemia who were given antibody therapy before a stem cell transplant fared better than those who didn't receive the treatment, a small study found. Stem cell transplantation allows doctors to give higher doses of cancer-killing chemotherapy, according to the American Cancer Society. However, the odds of the body rejecting the transplanted stem cells ...

End-of-Life Talk Often Comes Too Late for Blood Cancer Patients

Posted 21 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 21, 2015 – Many doctors wait too long to have end-of-life discussions with blood cancer patients, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed surveys completed by 349 blood cancer specialists, and found that 56 percent said end-of-life discussions with patients happen too late. Nearly 43 percent said they had their first end-of-life discussions with patients at less-than-ideal times, ...

Young Cancer Survivors Often Develop New Malignancies

Posted 6 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 6, 2015 – Teen and young adult cancer survivors are at increased risk for other cancers later in life, a new study reveals. Researchers analyzed U.S. National Cancer Institute data on people who survived cancers before age 40. They had the most common types of cancers in that age group: leukemia, lymphoma, testicular, ovarian, thyroid, breast, soft tissue and bone cancers. "This is ...

Many Childhood Leukemia Survivors Aren't Taking 'Maintenance' Meds: Study

Posted 10 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 6, 2014 – For child survivors of a blood cancer called acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), two years of follow-up medications help assure that the cancer doesn't return. But a new study finds that a quarter of these young cancer survivors aren't taking the potentially lifesaving drugs. A prime reason for the lapse: forgetfulness. "One in four children in remission from ALL does not ...

FDA Approves Erwinaze to Treat Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Posted 18 Nov 2011 by Drugs.com

November 18, 2011 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today 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. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia is a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes too ...

Death Rate Higher in Minorities With Acute Leukemia

Posted 22 Sep 2011 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 22 – A new study finds that blacks and Hispanics are less likely to develop acute leukemia than whites. But if they do become ill, they're much more likely to die. "We don't know the reason for the disparity, but now that we know it exists we can investigate why it occurs," said study lead researcher Dr. Manali I. Patel, postdoctoral fellow in hematology/oncology at the Stanford ...

Study Finds Big Strides Made in Treating Leukemia, Lymphoma in Past Decade

Posted 24 Nov 2010 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 24 – Clinicians have made remarkable advances in treating blood cancers with bone marrow and blood stem cell transplants in recent years, significantly reducing the risk of treatment-related complications and death, a new study shows. Between the early 1990s and 2007, there was a 41 percent drop in the overall risk of death in an analysis of more than 2,500 patients treated at ...

Kids Who Beat Cancer Still Face Heart Risks

Posted 9 Dec 2009 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 9 – Survivors of childhood cancer have a significantly increased risk for developing heart disease as young adults, a new study finds. The finding came from an analysis of data on 14,358 five-year cancer survivors who were diagnosed before age 21 and 3,899 siblings of cancer survivors. The cancers were leukemia, brain cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, kidney ...

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