Leukemia Cancer News

Leukemia develops when a defect in the bone marrow, where blood cells are produced, causes the body to make abnormal white blood cells. Eventually, the abnormal cells can begin to crowd out the normal ones and compromise immunity.

Leukemia can be either chronic or acute. Chronic leukemia develops slowly. At first, the abnormal white blood cells actually work like standard white blood cells, but the disease gradually worsens over time. With acute leukemia, however, the abnormal cells never work properly, and the disease progresses much more rapidly.

Causes and Symptoms of Leukemia

Researchers aren’t exactly sure what causes leukemia, but some of the risk factors include radiation therapy, chemotherapy, X-rays, smoking, Down syndrome, some inherited diseases and some blood disorders. When you have leukemia, at first it may not exhibit any symptoms at all. Over time, however, you would begin to feel sick. This includes fatigue, weakness, fever, joint and bone pain, easy bleeding and bruising, unexplained weight loss, getting infections frequently and abdominal swelling.

Treatment

Leukemia can be treated in a variety of ways. The treatment or combination of treatments that's best will vary quite a bit depending on the type of leukemia, the stage of the cancer as well as specific concerns for the person with the disease. Therapies that have been successful in treating leukemia include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, targeted therapy and a stem cell transplant. For a very slow-developing leukemia, some patients have the option of “watchful waiting,” where treatment is held off in order to delay the side effects of cancer treatment, though this option carries with it certain risks of its own.

SOURCES: Leukemia and Lymphoma Society; U.S. National Cancer Institute

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10/19/2017
FDA Approves 2nd Gene Therapy

Yescarta fights a type of lymphoma; move is heralded as helping open 'new era' in medical care

9/1/2017
FDA OKs Return of Once-Withdrawn Leukemia Drug

At lower dose, Mylotarg extended survival against a certain type of blood cancer

8/30/2017
First Gene Therapy Approved in U.S.

For certain people with blood/bone marrow cancer

8/30/2017
FDA OKs 1st Gene Therapy for Use in U.S.

It transforms a patient's immune system cells to fight a form of leukemia

8/17/2017
8/8/2017
Antibiotic Doesn't Prevent Lung Complication After Stem Cell Transplant

Findings were so dismal that clinical trial was stopped early

8/3/2017
New Treatment Approved for Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Vyxeos combines two previously approved drugs

8/2/2017
Imbruvica Approval Expanded to Include Graft Versus Host Disease

A deadly condition that affects some stem cell patients

8/1/2017
Idhifa Approved for Some With Acute Myeloid Leukemia

For adults with specific genetic mutation

7/13/2017
FDA Panel OKs What May Soon Be First Gene Therapy Approved in U.S.

Expensive but potent leukemia therapy genetically transforms patients' immune system cells to fight disease

6/6/2017
Publicly Funded Cancer Trials Gained Americans 3 Million More Years

Study looked at data stretching from 1956 and 2016

6/6/2017
Can Drug Company Perks Sway Cancer Docs' Prescriptions?

Even relatively small payments seemed to make a difference, researchers report

6/5/2017
Cancer Drug Helps Some Kids With Rare Type of Leukemia

Dasatinib prolonged survival in chronic myeloid leukemia patients, study says

5/19/2017
Could Cancer Drug Gleevec Help With Severe Asthma?

Small study suggests a new approach might one day help those with uncontrolled lung disease

4/28/2017
Rydapt Approved for Adults With Acute Myeloid Leukemia

A blood cancer that forms in the bone marrow

3/31/2017
Survival Continues to Improve for Most Cancers

Still, more progress is needed and racial disparities remain, U.S. report finds

3/23/2017
Young Cancer Survivors Can Face Higher Risk of Pregnancy Complications

Findings emphasize the importance of counseling these women, before and during pregnancy

3/8/2017
Gleevec Keeps a Leukemia in Check for More Than a Decade: Study

Plus, there's no evidence of safety concerns linked to long-term use of the drug, researchers say

1/25/2017
Gene Therapy Helps 2 Babies Fight Type of Leukemia

Tweaking T-cells from healthy donor allowed infants to reach remission, researchers report

1/4/2017
Powerful Drug for Advanced Cancers May Need Less Frequent Dosing

Patients whose disease has spread to bone can cut side effects tied to zoledronic acid, researchers report

12/7/2016
Therapeutic Vaccine Shows 'Game-Changing' Promise Against a Leukemia

Made by combining immune cells, cancer cells, it's kept some study patients in remission for nearly 5 years

9/21/2016
Experimental Immune Cell Rx Shows Promise for Leukemia

In preliminary trial, 4 out of 9 people with acute myeloid leukemia had complete remission

9/16/2016
Childhood Cancer Death Rates Continue to Fall: CDC

Brain cancer supplants leukemia as the leading killer

9/12/2016
For Teens With Leukemia, Pregnancy Tests Often Neglected

Risk of chemo-related birth defects needs to be considered, researchers say

9/9/2016
Strides Made in Treating Childhood Cancer: Report

But more needs to be done to battle tougher tumors, guard the health of survivors

9/7/2016
Cord-Blood Transplants Show Promise in Leukemia Treatment

Donors and recipients don't need to be a perfect match, researcher says

7/19/2016
Radiologists Don't Face Higher Risk of Radiation-Related Death: Study

Efforts to improve monitoring and protective equipment have paid off, experts say

7/12/2016
Cancer Drug Shows Early Promise for Parkinson's Disease

Medication was generally found safe, and study findings hinted at a benefit

6/29/2016
New Drug Shows Promise for Rare Blood Cancers

Organ damage improved in 60 percent of patients with advanced systemic mastocytosis

5/3/2016
Radon in the Home May Be Linked to Blood Cancers in Women

Study found no connection with men, further research is needed

4/11/2016
Venclexta Approved for Specific Genetic Blood Cancer

A form of chronic lymphocytic leukemia

3/18/2016
Generic Gleevec Will Likely Cut Millions in Health Costs

Over 5 years, researchers estimate more than $9 million in insurance savings

2/4/2016
Could IVF Raise Children's Odds for Blood Cancer?

Study of in vitro fertilization shows slightly elevated risk, but experts aren't sounding alarms

1/21/2016
Simple Blood Test May Predict a Blood Cancer's Return

Results might help doctors decide which patients need a stem cell transplant after chemo

1/6/2016
Antibody May Lower Rejection Rates After Stem Cell Transplant in Leukemia Patients

Study showed many were able to avoid graft-versus-host disease

12/21/2015
End-of-Life Talk Often Comes Too Late for Blood Cancer Patients

Study found most lymphoma, leukemia specialists don't discuss hospice care until death is imminent

12/7/2015
Researchers Focus on Risk Factors for Leukemia After Breast Cancer Treatment

Family history of cancer, inherited gene mutation seem to raise chances of secondary malignancy

11/11/2015
Childhood Cancer Tied to Raised Risk for Other Ills in Adult Life

Study found upped odds for diabetes, autoimmune disorders decades later

9/28/2015
Cancer Treatment Should Proceed for Pregnant Women: Study

Researcher says no risk found for unborn child

9/14/2015
Social Factors Affect Leukemia Survival

Uninsured, unmarried, or those with a low income are more likely to die early, study says

9/14/2015
Home Pesticide Use Tied to Child Cancer Risk

Indoor insecticides may increase chances of leukemia or lymphoma a bit, research review reports

9/4/2015
She Had Leukemia 7,000 Years Ago

Telltale signs in adult woman's bones point to first recorded case of the disease, scientists say

9/2/2015
Could Common Diabetes Drugs Help Fight Leukemia?

Combining glitazones with standard treatment improved survival in small study

9/2/2015
Immune Cell Therapy Shows Promise Against Deadly Blood Cancer

Treatment prolongs life for people with hard-to-treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia

9/1/2015
Genetics May Help Guide Kids' Cancer Treatment

Findings may allow more targeted therapy for the toughest cases, researchers say

7/14/2015
Too Much Sitting May Raise a Woman's Cancer Risk: Study

Effect was not seen in men, and held even after researchers factored out a lack of exercise

7/13/2015
Young Adult Cancer Survivors More Likely to Be Hospitalized

Study finds rate is twice as high for some cancers

7/9/2015
Another Genetic Error Linked to Childhood Leukemia

Researchers find gene variant associated with acute lymphoblastic leukemia

6/15/2015
Smoking Blamed for Half of Deaths From Major Cancers in People Over 35

Eighty percent of lung cancer deaths linked to smoking, researchers say

6/1/2015
Breast-feeding May Lower Risk of Childhood Leukemia: Study

It's one more potential benefit for breast-fed babies, research suggests