Wait, I Didn’t Know That About Blood Cancer!
Since there is no screening test for blood cancers, early detection is a challenge. But advances in blood cancer treatments are helping patients live longer, more fulfilling lives.
Closing In on a Cure
Someone diagnosed with any type of leukemia in the early 1960s had about a 14 percent chance of being alive five years later. Today, those chances are vastly greater.
Helping Cancer Cells Die
One of the genes that helps to keep cancer from ever forming is the p53 gene. It works by blocking cancer cells from killing themselves. When p53 is messed up in some way, cancer cells go to town and wreak havoc.
Leukemia and Workplace Chemicals
Benzene is a chemical that's used in a number of industrial processes. People who are exposed to this chemical in the workplace may have increased cancer risks.
Diabetes Linked to Blood Cancers
Doctors have to carefully watch their diabetes patients for other serious health problems like kidney disease and heart disease. Now, it seems doctors should keep an eye out for blood cancers as well.
Revlimid and Risk of New Cancers
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is informing the public of an increased risk of second primary malignancies (new types of cancer) in patients with newly-diagnosed multiple myeloma who received Revlimid ( lenalidomide ).
Overcoming Transplant Rejection
Blood cancers - leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma - interfere with the body's ability to make healthy blood cells. Scientists may have discovered a new way to treat these diseases in ways that offer new hope.
The Risks of Rural Life
It seems so idyllic - the farm life does. Yet new research finds that children who grew up on a livestock farm are at greater risk for developing certain types of cancer.