Medical research

Can leukemia in children with Down syndrome be prevented?

For the first time, Princess Margaret researchers have mapped out where and how leukemia begins and develops in infants with Down syndrome in preclinical models, paving the way to potentially prevent this cancer in the future.

Oncology & Cancer

1980 to 2017 saw improved survival for acute myeloid leukemia

(HealthDay)—From 1980 to 2017, there was improvement in survival for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in all age groups, except for those aged ≥70 years, according to a study published in the June 15 issue of Cancer.

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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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