New technology may reduce deadly complication of bone marrow transplants

May 11, 2015 By Julia Evangelou Strait, Washington University RIDDELL AND APPELBAUM, 2007 Bone marrow transplants are a common treatment for leukemia. A potentially dangerous side effect called graft-versus-host disease occurs when donor T cells from the transplant attack the body’s tissues, such as the skin (above), in addition to the cancer cells. Researchers have developed

Gene therapy scores big wins against blood cancers

The Wichita Eagle, by Marilynn Marchione ~ December 7, 2013 In one of the biggest advances against leukemia and other blood cancers in many years, doctors are reporting unprecedented success by using gene therapy to transform patients' blood cells into soldiers that seek and destroy cancer. A few patients with one type of leukemia were

‘Mini’ Stem Cell Transplant May Help Seniors With Blood Cancer

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 By: HealthDay News Age in itself should not be a factor in deciding whether blood cancer patients are candidates for stem cell transplantation, according to a new study. Blood cancers include leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. For the study, researchers analyzed long-term outcomes among 372 blood cancer patients aged 60 to 75

Study Finds Big Strides Made in Treating Leukemia, Lymphoma in Past Decade

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 By: Amanda Gardner, HealthDay News Clinicians have made remarkable advances in treating blood cancers with bone marrow and blood stem cell transplants in recent years, significantly reducing the risk of treatment-related complications and death, a new study shows. Between the early 1990s and 2007, there was a 41 percent drop in