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Chemotherapy and Other Drug Therapies

In the past decade alone, new drugs and new uses for existing drugs have greatly improved rates of cure or remission for patients of all ages. Newer "targeted therapies" and "risk-adapted therapies" have resulted in higher overall response rates and decreased side effects. More than 50 drugs of different types are now being used singularly or in combination to treat blood cancers.

Blood cancer treatment often includes one or a combination of:

Drug therapy including chemotherapy or ...

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Helping Siblings Cope

photo: alex | leukemia survivorWhen a child is diagnosed with cancer, everyone in his or her family is affected by the experience, including the child's brothers and sisters. Siblings can feel angry, anxious, lonely or sad. They may even feel guilty for being healthy or for resenting the attention their sibling is getting.

And although sibling reactions of some kind are inevitable, you can help by making sure they receive your attention. Give them the chance to talk about how the ...

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Jany

A little about me: 

My interests have changed somewhat since I was diagnosed with cancer. I like sports, the outdoors, reading, volunteering with people who are going through a similar experience to me. 

I love spending family time with my wife and son, it has become a priority for me. I’m passionate about sports and it’s helped me get through a lot of things. I force myself to stay as active as possible and lead by example.

My expe ...

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Jessica

Jessica, West Vancouver, CanadaHi, I’m Jessica Vogt and I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2008 when I was 15.

Before I was diagnosed, I was a completely normal teenage girl dealing with all your normal problems – homework, boys, and friends. I was very athletic and social and loved spending time with my friends. After my diagnosis, all that changed. I knew I was going to lose my hair, but that’s not all. My whole appearance and outlook on life changed. I ...

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Dr. Stagg

Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal
Montréal, Québec

Therapeutic targeting of adenosine in chronic lymphocytic leukemia

We want to investigate a new approach for treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). We have shown that blocking adenosine makes the immune system better at destroying many cancer cells. We will use a mouse model of CLL and test the effect of blocking adenosine alone or in combinatio ...

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