A new & promising leukemia treatment - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/25/09

A new & promising leukemia treatment

By Cassie Hataway | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Doctors may have found a way to treat leukemia successfully without putting children at risk for brain damage. 

The new research is from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, where doctors studied nearly 500 children who had been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.  The kids were treated with drugs only and did not get brain radiation.  The addition of brain radiation has been more or less the standard of care for patients at high risk of a relapse, but can leave patients with learning disabilities. 

In the current study, 86% of the patients survived at least five-years without a relapse and most relapses occur within a year or two of diagnosis.  Overall, 94% of kids in the study were still alive five years after diagnosis.

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