Two studies examine long-term outcomes in childhood and young adult cancer survivors

JAMA Oncology published two studies and a related editorial focused on long-term outcomes in survivors of childhood or young adult cancer. In the first study, Kathrine Rugbjerg, PhD, and Jørgen Olsen, MD, DMSc, of the Danish Cancer Society Research Center, Copenhagen, examined the risk for hospitalization up to 34 years after a diagnosis of adolescent and … Continue reading Two studies examine long-term outcomes in childhood and young adult cancer survivors

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Young adult survivors most distressed after leukemia and lymphoma treatment

Two University of Colorado Cancer Center studies published in the Journal of Psychosocial Oncology show that young adult survivors (ages 18-39) of leukemia and lymphoma are more likely to report high distress than older survivors (ages 65+). Specifically, 45 percent of younger patients report moderate-to-high distress, whereas only 18 percent of older patients report similarly elevated levels. … Continue reading Young adult survivors most distressed after leukemia and lymphoma treatment

Risk for leukemia after treatment for early-stage breast cancer higher than reported

The risk of developing leukemia after radiation therapy or chemotherapy for early stage breast cancer remains very small, but it is twice as high as previously reported, according to results of a new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. The study team reviewed data on 20,063 breast cancer patients treated … Continue reading Risk for leukemia after treatment for early-stage breast cancer higher than reported

Breakthrough announced in treatment of patient with rare type of leukemia

University of Leicester researchers deploy 'precision medicine' to successfully target advanced form of leukaemia with skin cancer drug A team of scientists from the University of Leicester has demonstrated a novel treatment for Hairy Cell Leukaemia (HCL), a rare type of blood cancer, using a drug administered to combat skin cancer. The research, which is published … Continue reading Breakthrough announced in treatment of patient with rare type of leukemia

Breakthrough in treating leukemia, lymphoma with umbilical cord blood stem cells

Study finds that growing stem cells in lab before transplant boosts survival Donated umbilical cord blood contains stem cells that can save the lives of patients with leukemia, lymphoma and other blood cancers. Now a study lead by a Loyola University Medical Center oncologist has found that growing cord blood stem cells in a laboratory before … Continue reading Breakthrough in treating leukemia, lymphoma with umbilical cord blood stem cells

Technique filters cancer where chemo can’t reach

A cancer therapy that removes malignant cells from a patient's cerebrospinal fluid may soon be available to prevent metastases and decrease complications of cancers involving the brain, according to Penn State medical researchers. Many cancer types metastasize to the brain -- including breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer and leukemia -- but by filtering these malignant … Continue reading Technique filters cancer where chemo can’t reach