Dave Fletcher took a photo of his daughter falling asleep at a playground. Several weeks later, he and his wife learned that the photo actually provided a clue that their 3-year-old daughter has cancer.
Public Health December 3, 2018
A mother with leukemia is hoping for a bone marrow donor, especially since she is about to give birth to twins this December. Her mixed heritage is making it harder for her to find a donor match.
Feature | Health November 24, 2018
Caleb Hammond, an 11-year-old boy suffering from leukemia, was taken home from the hospital as he was no longer responding to cancer treatment. The young racing fan has a modest request for stickers, which will be used to decorate his casket.
Healthy Living/Wellness August 20, 2018
Children who are more exposed to other children and not kept in a "ultra-clean" environment or more less likely to develop acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The new findings were based on research that has been collected for the past 30 years.
Healthy Living/Wellness May 22, 2018
Ashley Surin is now back in school. She was earlier prohibited from attending class because she uses a prescribed marijuana patch and cannabis lotion. Can school staff help her with her medication?
Feature | Health January 23, 2018
A new gene therapy developed by Novartis has received crucial recommendation from an FDA advisory panel on July 12. Experts believe the treatment’s approval will pave the way for new gene-based medicines.
Medicine July 13, 2017
The FDA approved the Novartis AG's Rydapt on April 28. The drug is targeted toward AML patients and the FDA lists it for $22,500 for an average 42-day treatment.
Medicine May 1, 2017
The cancer drug was hailed a wonder drug for chronic myeloid leukemia patients when it was approved by the FDA in 2011. Now, study found 83 percent of patients who used it as initial therapy were alive 10 years after diagnosis.
Medicine March 9, 2017
Blame the combination of microgravity and deep space radiation. Researchers warn against the potential threat of leukemia in astronauts, as a result of their findings within NASA's Human Research Program.
Space March 9, 2017
A welder diagnosed with leukemia after working at Fukushima nuclear sites damaged by the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami is suing two power companies. He demands around $524,000 in damages.
Feature | Health February 3, 2017
Widely used type 2 diabetes medication metformin may be combined with antihypertensive drug syrosingopine to help fight cancer, reported a recent study. The drug cocktail that had adverse impact on the key functions of mitochondria destroyed tumor cells that require abundant energy for growth and metabolic activities.
Medicine December 31, 2016
Protein generally associated with obesity was found to inhibit patients' reaction to leukemia treatment and contribute to the severity of the disease. Further research will document how this information can be used in increasing patients' response to treatment.
Biotech December 27, 2016
A new trial is testing medication designed to cure leukemia without affecting the patient's heart. According to the data, those who survive cancer battle with heart diseases as a side effect of chemotherapy treatments.
Medicine December 23, 2016
While brain cancer is the new deadliest cancer afflicting children in the United States, many other cancer forms are also taking a toll on young lives. According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overall, pediatric cancer deaths are declining.
Public Health September 17, 2016
Because of strides in medical treatment, leukemia is no longer the deadliest cancer among U.S. children. What makes treatment of brain cancer difficult?
Public Health September 16, 2016
Researchers present cord-blood transplants as more than just a last resort for leukemia patients. According to them, the procedure can hold its own against matched bone marrow or stem cell transplants, especially in the case of minimal residual disease.
Healthy Living/Wellness September 8, 2016
A cancer treatment clinical trial by Juno Therapeutics has been put on hold after the death of three leukemia patients. The FDA will coordinate with Juno Therapeutics for the timing of the trial.
Medicine July 7, 2016
Preliminary tests of an existing leukemia drug showed promise in helping fight a specific type of ovarian cancer. Since the drug is already approved and proven safe, this could lead to fast development and rollout of new, personalized treatments.
Medicine July 3, 2016
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is actually an umbrella term for 11 distinct subtypes of the illness, new research has revealed. This finding could revolutionize treatment and diagnosis.
Public Health June 11, 2016
When standard chemotherapy failed to eliminate cancer in leukemia patients, researchers turned to immunotherapy, using genetically engineered T-cells to fight the disease and achieve remission for 93 percent of participants in their study.
Medicine April 29, 2016
One-legged gymnast competes in nationwide competitions using a prosthetic leg. Sixteen-year-old Kate Foster lost her left leg due to a leukemia-related infection but the ordeal didn't stop her from being a competitive gymnast.
Life March 14, 2016
A study out of the Ramazzini Institute in Italy found that sucralose, marketed under the trade name Splenda, significantly raised leukemia and other cancer risks in mice. According to the authors, the results do not support previous findings vouching for sucralose's safety.
Life March 12, 2016
An analysis found an increased risk for acute lymphoblastic leukemia among children delivered via c-sections. Researchers suspected that it may be because of improperly adapted immune systems at birth.
Life March 1, 2016
The company and the complainants don't agree on everything, but it's a step in the right direction.
Life January 12, 2016
Tom Brady of the New England Patriots granted the Christmas wish of an 8-year-old girl diagnosed with cancer. The football star invited the kid to meet up with him, take photos, and give inspiration.
Life December 29, 2015
A previously untested gene editing technique was able to save the life of 1-year-old Layla after she was diagnosed with leukemia. Researchers are continuously researching to refine the technique so that it can be used to treat other gene-related disorders.
Life November 9, 2015
A baby diagnosed with incurable leukemia is now free of the disease after receiving an experimental designer immune cells therapy. Should the long-term outcomes of the treatment turn positive, this could turn around the entire field of cancer treatment.
Life November 8, 2015
Doctors in London have used a gene-editing treatment for the first time on an infant with drug-resistant cancer - with successful results.
November 6, 2015
Drug meant to treat leukemia shows promise of halting or even reversing the symptoms of Parkinson's, researchers find. Finding of small trial spurs scientists to plan larger trials to test drug with Parkinson's, Alzheimer's.
Life October 19, 2015
Novartis is set to make another investment in Israel-based stem cell therapy developer Gamida Cell. The investment will be used for the development of Gamida's experimental treatment known as NiCord.
Life October 14, 2015
Harvard scientists isolate a sea sponge molecule that may help in the battle against cancer.
Life September 28, 2015
An analysis of health studies suggests a link between home pesticides and childhood cancers, including leukemia and lymphoma. Scientific evidence of the dangers of pesticides are mounting, experts say.
Life September 15, 2015
Every girl aspires to marry her dream guy and for this four-year-old kid battling with cancer, that realization came sooner that most kids her age. The child married her favorite nurse in a simple celebration arranged by the medical staff, held in the hospital where she undergoes treatments.
Life July 18, 2015
Infants breastfed for at least six months face reduced risks for childhood leukemia, a study review finds. The risk is 19 percent less than for infants who aren't breastfed, researchers say.
Life June 1, 2015
Growing old is tough. Now, researchers are saying that simply entering your golden years drives up your leukemia risk no thanks to accumulated gene mutations.
Life March 1, 2015
Christine White, a leukemia patient in San Francisco, files a lawsuit against the state of California to allow doctor-assisted suicide. Other states such as Oregon allow doctor-assisted suicide.
Life February 12, 2015
Dogs do make everything better, even if they’re just in pictures, as Anthony Lyons would find out. The teen received thousands of dog pictures in an effort to help him in his fight against cancer.
Life January 6, 2015
For $178,000, Blincyto features a two-month treatment period. It’s definitely one of the more expensive immunotherapy cancer treatments around but Amgen counters it’s worth it.
Life December 20, 2014
Somatic mutations in the blood indicate a person's increased likelihood of developing a form of blood cancer within five years. In one study, people who have the mutation were 13 times more likely to develop myelodysplastic syndrome, leukemia or lymphoma compared with those who do not have mutated blood cells.
Life November 28, 2014
Gazyva, a new leukemia drug kills about 90 percent of cancer cells in just the first dose. The drug comes with severe side effects and its treatment involves a hefty $42,000 bill.
Life October 28, 2014
T-cell therapy could hold promise for young people suffering from leukemia, according to a new study that showed potentially remarkable results.
Life October 16, 2014
The FDA has green-lighted a new drug from Gilead Sciences as treatment for three types of blood cancer namely chronic lymphocytic leukemia, follicular B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma and small lymphocytic lymphoma.
Life July 25, 2014
Parents should be aware of the health effects of living near busy roads on children as researchers have found a link between leukemia and living near busy roads.
Life March 23, 2014
Although T-cell therapy isn't approved by the FDA yet and is only available in research settings, a trial on leukemia patients had positive results as 14 of the 16 subjects went into remission.
Life February 20, 2014
San Francisco got its very own Batkid in a 5-year old Miles Scott.
Photo November 17, 2013