Gene therapy recently approved by the FDA for certain young leukemia patients is a first in the U.S. The treatment modifies a patient’s own immune cells to fight the leukemia.
The treatment is the first therapy of its kind available in the United States. It is a type of immunotherapy, a one-time infusion that uses the body’s own defenses to attack the cancer.
Could leukemia run in your family? Doctors can’t often pinpoint the causes, but they know of some factors that can increase your risk for the disease. Learn more.
If you are an older adult diagnosed with leukemia, you have treatment options — even at age 99. Learn more from a doctor who specializes in treating leukemia in older adults.
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Caring for a family member with leukemia can be overwhelming. Oncologist Hetty Carraway, MD, shares her seven best tips for caregivers.
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Remember stem cell research? In the mid-2000s, it became one of the biggest hot-button topics in medical research. The debate has grown quieter since then. But don’t mistake silence for a lack of activity. Stem cell research is alive, well and as full of possibilities as ever. Below are a few common myths about this … Read More
When I entered the exam room to see my first patient of the day, a doctor from another department at my hospital, I found her sitting in the chair I usually occupy, typing away at the computer on the tiny desk.