Tag: leukemia

Toddler's Photo Falling Asleep On A Swing Contained Clues She Has Cancer

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

Mom With Leukemia Expecting Twins This December, Hopes For Bone Marrow Donor

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

11-Year-Old Boy Dying From Leukemia Asks People To Send Him Racing Stickers For His Casket

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

Childhood Leukemia Can Be Prevented And More Than Likely Triggered By Common Infections Such As Flu

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

Federal Judge Rules 11-Year-Old Leukemia Patient Can Bring Medical Marijuana To School

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

Novartis CAR-T Cancer Therapy For Leukemia Gets Landmark Recommendation From FDA Panel

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

FDA Approves Rydapt For Treatment Of Acute Myeloid Leukemia In Adult Patients

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

Cancer Pill Can Keep Leukemia Patients Alive For More Than 10 Years: Study

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

Researchers Sound Alarm On Leukemia Risk Among Mars Explorers

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

Fukushima Nuclear Plant Worker Sues Power Companies Over Leukemia Linked To Radiation Exposure

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

Diabetes, Hypertension Drugs May Be Used To Fight Cancer, Says Study

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

Obesity-Associated Protein’s Role In Leukemia Development Discovered, Highlights Potential For More Effective Therapies

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

New Clinical Trial Aims To Reduce Risks Of Long-term Cardiac Damage In Survivors Of Childhood Cancers

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

Brain Cancer Surge Among US Children And Looming Threat of Other Cancers

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

Cancer Deaths In US: Brain Cancer Now Deadliest Cancer For American Children

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

Cord-Blood Transplant Shows Potential As Leukemia Treatment

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

Juno Therapeutics Halts Cancer Study After 3 Patient Deaths

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

Existing Leukemia Drug May Help Fight Specific Ovarian Cancer

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

Scientists Decipher 11 Distinct Subtypes Of A Major Blood Cancer

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

93 Percent Of Advanced Leukemia Patients In Remission After Receiving Immunotherapy

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

Amputee Who Lost Leg To Leukemia Turns Into Competitive Gymnast

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

Main Ingredient Of Artificial Sweetener Splenda Linked To Leukemia

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

Pre-Labor Cesarean Delivery Linked To Increased Child Leukemia Risk

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

Samsung Reaches Agreement For Factory Inspections After Employee Deaths

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 Grants Christmas Wish Of 8-Year-Old Cancer Patient

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

Baby's Leukemia Reversed By New Gene Editing Technique: Therapy May Also Work For Other Diseases

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

Cellectis 'Designer' Immune Cells Reverse Baby's Incurable Leukemia: How Therapy Differs From Current Treatments

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 Use 'Gene Editing' For The First Time To Treat Drug-Resistant Leukemia

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

Novartis Cancer Drug Beneficial To Parkinson's Disease Patients, Reveals Early Stage Trial

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

Swiss Drug Maker Novartis To Invest Additional $15 Million In Israel's Gamida Cell

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

Sponges May Be A Secret Weapon Against Leukemia

Harvard scientists isolate a sea sponge molecule that may help in the battle against cancer.

Life September 28, 2015

Home Use Of Pesticides Linked To Increased Risk Of Childhood Cancer

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

4-Year-Old Girl Battling Cancer 'Marries' Her Favorite Nurse In Ceremony Complete With White Dress, Flowers, And Ring Pops

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

Breastfeeding Found To Reduce Risk Of Most Common Childhood Cancer

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

Gene Mutations As We Grow Old Put Us At Risk Of Leukemia?

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

California Leukemia Patient In Court Battle For Right To Doctor-Assisted Suicide

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

'Doggies for Anthony' Goes Viral to Make Teen with Leukemia Feel Better

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

Amgen Leukemia Drug Blincyto Comes with Tag Price of $178,000

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

Harvard Scientists Find New Way to Predict Risk of Blood Cancer Long Before It Strikes

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

New leukemia drug Gazyva kills 90 percent of cancer

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

New leukemia T-cell therapy leads to remarkable remission rates

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

Zydelig (idelalisib) gets FDA approval for 3 types of cancer: Another Gilead blockbuster drug?

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

Busy roads put kids at higher risk of cancer: CDC

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

T-cell therapy helps body's immune system fight leukemia, breakthrough research reveals

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

Video: Forget Gotham City, San Francisco gets its very own Batkid

San Francisco got its very own Batkid in a 5-year old Miles Scott.

Photo November 17, 2013

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