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Graft versus cancer effect

With an allogeneic stem cell transplant, the donated stem cells make immune cells that are not totally "matched" with the patient's cells. For this reason, the donor immune cells may recognize the patient's cancer cells as foreign and kills them.

Take a Haiku Cancer

In 2014, Tom Wong, was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS), which causes blood-forming stem cells to slow down, or even stop making blood cells. Most patients with MDS will develop anemia and others may also suffer from reduced white blood cells and platelets. In Tom's case all three scenarios presented themselves and the best chance for a cure was to have a stem cell transplant through a sibling-matched donor. Unfortunately Tom's sisters were not a match which meant his best cha ...

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Halifax Blood Drive

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada is teaming up with Canadian Blood Services to host blood drives across Atlantic Canada. LLSC staff and volunteers will be onsite to thank donors and provide information on upcoming LLSC events. Please contact Canadian Blood Services at 1-888-2-DONATE to book an appointment!

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St. John's Blood Drive

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada is teaming up with Canadian Blood Services to host blood drives across Atlantic Canada. LLSC staff and volunteers will be onsite to thank donors and provide information on upcoming LLSC events. Please contact Canadian Blood Services at 1-888-2-DONATE to book an appointment!

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Clinical Trials

Taking part in a clinical trial may be the best treatment choice for some MDS patients. Clinical trials are under way for all MDS-risk types. Today's standard treatments for cancer are based on earlier clinical trials. LLS continues to invest funds in MDS research.

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Current MDS Research and Clinical Trials

Below are some of the types of MDS research and trials under way:

Drug Therapy

Treatment combinations of FDA-ap ...

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Glossary Results

Graft versus cancer effect

With an allogeneic stem cell transplant, the donated stem cells make immune cells that are not totally "matched" with the patient's cells. For this reason, the donor immune cells may recognize the patient's cancer cells as foreign and kills them.