Resistance to Targeted Leukemia Drug Lurks in Cells’ “Powerhouse”
2-Year-Old Cancer Survivor With Down Syndrome Hears For First Time: ‘Her Body Started Trembling’
Within every human cell, a fateful balance prevails. The mitochondria — where nutrients from food are converted into fuel for the cell — serve as a kind of jury box where pro-survival proteins contend with proteins that favor cell death. In the ebb and flow of these proteins, and the genetic signals that control them, […]
What’s New in the Treatment of Paediatric Leukaemia?
Two-year-old Grace of Strongsville, Ohio, is a two-time cancer survivor who was born with Down syndrome. Grace was born with a form of leukemia called transient myeloproliferative disorder. She was only 2 days old when she began treatment. And since Grace was also born two months premature, she barely weighed over 4 pounds when she […]
Born With Leukemia ~ Now an Active 4-Year-Old
Better understanding of genomics has led to the identification of new sub-types and more focused treatments. Immunotherapy agents are also opening a new era in treatment of the disease. A greater understanding of the genomics of paediatric leukaemia — the genetic errors and irregularities that underlie the disease — has enabled researchers to divide the […]
What are the Early Symptoms of Leukaemia in Children?
Melissa Belba is a healthy, bubbly, active 4-year-old girl. “She’s such a happy child, even though she’s been through so much,” says her mother, Erjona. “Every day, she says, ‘Good morning, Mommy – I love you.’” She also loves meeting new people, often announcing, “I got a new heart. You want to see my scar?” […]
Childhood Cancer: Part V (v): Bone Marrow & Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplants
Many symptoms of leukaemia in children are also symptoms of common, less serious childhood illnesses. Leukaemia can be chronic, and the symptoms may develop slowly, or it can be acute, and the symptoms may appear very quickly. Childhood leukaemia also affects teens. It is the most common type of cancer in children under the age […]
Missing Microbes 'Cause' Childhood Cancer
In Part 1 of this series we explained that this series of articles is not meant to be medical advice, but a guide that may help you as a parent of a newly diagnosed child with cancer cope just a bit better. Information is knowledge, and never more so than when you are dealing with […]
How do Blood Cancers Differ in Adults & Adolescents?
Our modern germ-free life is the cause of the most common type of cancer in children, according to one of Britain’s most eminent scientists. Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) affects one in 2,000 children. Prof Mel Greaves, from the Institute of Cancer Research, has amassed 30 years of evidence to show the immune system can become […]
Are we Close to a Cure for Leukaemia?
Survival rates associated with blood cancers such as Leukaemia, Lymphoma, and Multiple Myeloma have gone up for patients of all ages in recent years. This increase has however been relatively smaller in adolescents and young adults than in children and older adults. According to researchers, there are likely to be multiple reasons for this. Part of the […]
Researchers Engineer A ‘Cancer Differentiation Therapy’ For Leukaemia.
Leukaemia is a cancer that occurs when abnormal blood stem cells (immature white blood cells) are produced in the bone marrow. Normally white cells develop, repair and reproduce in an orderly fashion. The leukaemia cells do not mature, and therefore are not able to function as immune cells, but they keep on dividing in the […]
Some great strides being made in Leukaemia Research… Researchers at the Stanford University have discovered that when a certain aggressive leukemia is causing havoc in the body, the solution may be to force the cancer cells to grow up and behave. After a chance observation in the lab, the researchers found a method that can […]