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Advances in Blood Cancer Therapy to be Highlighted at American Society of Hematology Conference
Date:12/5/2007

Michael Thirman, M.D., University of Chicago. (Same session: Dec. 8,

2 p.m., and Dec. 9, 7:30 a.m.).

Personalized medicine: Society-funded researchers are developing new tests to distinguish biological traits (biomarkers) in cancers to identify patients who are most likely to benefit from a particular treatment and enable doctors to personalize treatment.

-- Deoxycytidine Kinase Genotype Includes Leukemia Cell Concentration of

Cytarabine 5-Triphosphate in Pediatric AML Patients, Varsha Gandhi,

Ph.D., M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, (Monday, Dec. 10, 8 a.m.).

-- Comprehensive Biomarker and Genomic Analysis Identifies p53 Status as

Major Determinant of Response to MDM2 Inhibitors in Chronic Lymphocytic

Leukemia, Shaomeng Wang, Ph.D., University of Michigan, (Dec. 10, 7:45

a.m.).

-- IgVH Mutational Status Does Not Affect Complete Remission Rate But Is

Associated with Reduced Remission Duration in CLL Patients Treated with

Fludarabine, Cyclophosphamide and Rituximab (FCR)-based Therapy, Thomas

Kipps, M.D., Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, (Tuesday,

Dec. 11, 8 a.m.).

Prior to the start of ASH, the Society will host this year's Marshall A. Lichtman Research Symposium, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia as a Model of Translational Research, on Friday, Dec. 7, 7 a.m., at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta. The program will feature several Society-funded researchers discussing all aspects of CLL, from causes to novel treatments.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, headquartered in White Plains, NY, with 68 chapters in the United States and Canada, is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. The Society's mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of l
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