Oncology & Cancer

Improving leukemia therapy with targeted treatment approaches

In chronic leukemias, blocking the overactive kinase JAK2 by a targeted therapy approach is only mitigating the patients' symptoms, but cannot truly change the course of the disease. A study by the University of Basel has ...

Oncology & Cancer

New risk factor identified for the most common childhood cancer

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a cancer involving white blood cells known as lymphocytes, is the most common childhood cancer, representing 25% of all cancer diagnoses. It's also one of the leading causes of childhood ...

Oncology & Cancer

Blood cancer cures and care: Addressing leukemia and lymphoma

Every four minutes, someone in the United States is diagnosed with a type of blood cancer, such as lymphoma or leukemia. According to the American Cancer Society's estimates, approximately 60,530 cases of leukemia and 90,000 ...

Oncology & Cancer

Childhood cancer: 3 most common types

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn about three of the most common types of cancers in children: acute lymphocytic leukemia, neuroblastoma and pediatric brain tumors.

Oncology & Cancer

What do you know about leukemia and lymphoma?

September is Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn about some of the most common types of these two diseases.

Oncology & Cancer

Genomic markers of aggressive childhood leukemias identified

New research published today in JAMA Oncology reports how two separate DNA changes appear to predict aggressive childhood leukemias when they occur in combination. Over the course of a decade of work in several study sites ...

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Leukemia (American English) or leukaemia (British English) (from the Greek leukos λεύκος - white, and haima αίμα - blood) is a type of cancer of the blood or bone marrow characterized by an abnormal increase of immature white blood cells called "blasts". Leukemia is a broad term covering a spectrum of diseases. In turn, it is part of the even broader group of diseases affecting the blood, bone marrow, heart, and lymphoid system, which are all known as hematological neoplasms. Leukemia can also cause multiple organ failure.

In 2000, approximately 256,000 children and adults around the world developed some form of leukemia, and 209,000 died from it.[citation needed]

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