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Donor Stem-Cell Transplant Best For Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Date:6/9/2009

t does reinforce that the cytogenetic abnormality in the leukemic cells of a patient are a singularly important factor, but not the only factor, in determining the therapeutic approach," Lichtman said.

"As the authors emphasize, their study gives the therapist an evidence-based perspective on the use of allogeneic stem-cell transplantation in the patient with acute myelogenous leukemia who has entered a chemotherapy-induced remission, always recognizing that these group data may require modification to satisfy the special circumstances of an individual patient," he said.

Dr. Barton A Kamen, chief medical officer at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, thinks this study will help doctors develop treatment plans.

"If I find out I have acute myeloid leukemia, I want them to do my cytogenetics and tailor the therapy to fit me and my disease," Kamen said. "This article confirms that."

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For more information on acute myeloid leukemia, visit the American Cancer Society.



SOURCES: John Koreth, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston; Marshall A. Lichtman, M.D., professor, medicine, biochemistry and biophysics, University of Rochester Medical Center, New York; Barton A. Kamen, M.D., Ph.D., chief medical officer, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, White Plains, N.Y.; June 10, 2009, Journal of the American Medical Association


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