Medical research

CAR T-cell therapy may be harnessed to treat heart disease

CAR T-cell therapy, a rapidly emerging form of immunotherapy using patients' own cells to treat certain types of cancers, may be a viable treatment option for another life-threatening condition: heart disease. In a first-of-its-kind ...

Oncology & Cancer

Scientists develop possible strategy for cancer drug resistance

Scientists from the National Institutes of Health and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have devised a potential treatment against a common type of leukemia that could have implications for many other types of ...

Medical research

Strawberries may be key to developing an insulin pill

More than 30 million Americans suffer from diabetes and must inject themselves with insulin two to four times daily. Researchers have been looking for ways to administer the drug orally, and researchers at Carnegie Mellon ...

Oncology & Cancer

Salvage therapy does not up survival for progressive myeloma

(HealthDay)—For myeloma patients with progressive disease (PD) after induction therapy, deepening of response through salvage therapy is not associated with improved progression-free or overall survival, according to a ...

Oncology & Cancer

New immune system understanding may help doctors target cancer

Your immune system's natural killer cells recognize and attack two major kinds of danger—cells infected by viruses and cells affected by cancer. When natural killer (NK) cells see a cancer cell, they kill it (naturally...). ...

Medical research

Your biopsy tissue could be helping important cancer research

If you've ever had a tumor removed or biopsy taken, you may have contributed to life-saving research. Though you probably won't have been told exactly what research your cells would be used for, tissue samples like these ...

Oncology & Cancer

Major breakthrough in the treatment of leukemia

A molecular process involved in the action of anti-leukemia drugs has been discovered at Université de Montréal's Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC). While calling into question a central tenet of oncology, ...

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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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