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Southampton scientists begin patient trials of new leukemia cancer vaccine
Date:1/31/2011

k on DNA vaccines that the charity has supported take the next logical step into clinical testing. The trial has undergone extensive international peer review and we are very excited to see the first patients being treated. We believe that this vaccine has real promise to improve outcomes in patients with leukaemia."

The success of the vaccines will be measured over a two year survival period for acute myeloid leukaemia and by assessing the immune system's response to the drug using a disease marker (BCR-ABL) for chronic myeloid leukaemia.

Study centres

Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust - Southampton General Hospital - www.suht.nhs.uk
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust - Hammersmith Hospital - www.imperial.nhs.uk/hammersmith
Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust - Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital - www.rdehospital.nhs.uk/

About Leukaemia

Leukaemia is a malignant disease of the bone marrow and blood characterised by the uncontrolled accumulation of blood cells. Leukaemia accounts for 220,000 deaths worldwide each year.

Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) is a cancer of the myeloid line in blood cells and is characterised by rapid growth of abnormal white blood cells that accumulate in the bone marrow and interfere with the production of normal blood cells. Chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) is a type of cancer that causes the body to produce large numbers of immature and mature white blood cells.


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Contact: Sophie Docker
S.Docker@soton.ac.uk
44-238-059-8933
University of Southampton
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