Navigation Links
Study Suggests Way to 'Mop Up' Leukemia Cells
Date:1/8/2010

Vaccine beats back cancer left behind after treatment, researchers say,,,,

FRIDAY, Jan. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Preliminary research suggests that a vaccine could help reduce the risk of a relapse in some people who take the drug Gleevec to treat chronic myeloid leukemia.

"Should this vaccine approach prove to be successful, the ability to get patients off lifelong Gleevec therapy would be a significant advance," Dr. Hyam Levitsky, a professor of oncology, medicine and urology at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in Baltimore, said in a news release from the center.

Imatinib mesylate (Gleevec) treats chronic myeloid leukemia, but can leave some cancerous cells behind. They can cause a relapse.

Researchers from the cancer center tested a vaccine on 19 people who had cancerous cells even though they'd taken Gleevec for a year. After about 72 months, the number of cancer cells had declined in 13 people. In seven, the cancer had vanished. Reported side effects of the treatment were relatively rare.

But it's not clear if the results were actually caused by the vaccine, the researchers said, because of the small number of participants and the lack of comparison with other treatments.

"We want to get rid of every last cancer cell in the body," Levitsky said, "and using cancer vaccines may be a good way to mop up residual disease."

The vaccine was made from cancer cells that were blasted with radiation to stop them from being cancerous, the researchers said.

The research, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, was published in the Jan. 1 issue of Clinical Cancer Research.

More information

The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more on Gleevec.



-- Randy Dotinga



SOURCE: Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, news release, Jan. 6, 2010


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Periodic Paralysis Study Reveals Gene Causing Disorder
2. UCLA study shows metformin is safe for patients with advanced heart failure and diabetes mellitus
3. Technology new gateway into treatment for problem alcohol users: Study
4. Few breast cancer surgeons follow quality of care standards, U-M study finds
5. Study shows serious emotional disturbances among children after Katrina
6. Study links restless leg syndrome with erectile dysfunction in older men
7. Study identifies those elderly most at risk for major depression
8. Despite Earlier Doubts, Feinstein Study Shows Fetal Transplants May Benefit Parkinson's Patients Over Age 60
9. New Study Shows That American Public is Willing to Accept Major Reforms in Medicare Program
10. Herbal Science Organization Clarifies New Ginkgo Study
11. CRN Responds to Ginkgo Biloba Study
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/24/2016)... CA (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Marcy was in a crisis. Her ... would lash out at his family verbally and physically. , “When something upset him, he ... he would use it. He would throw rocks at my other children and say he ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Dr. Amanda Cheng, an ... Dr. Cheng has extensive experience with all areas of orthodontics, including robotic Suresmile ... orthodontics. , Micro-osteoperforation is a revolutionary adjunct to orthodontic treatment. It can ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... , ... People across the U.S. are sharpening their pencils and honing their ... in which patients and their families pay tribute to a genetic counselor by nominating ... of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Annual Education Conference (AEC) this September. , In April, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... Grove Investment Group (TGIG), has initiated cultivation and processing operations at its production ... and Pahrump, Nevada. , Puradigm is the manufacturer of a complete system of ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... Pro-Am Heroes Golf Classic Tournament held on June 20th at the Woodmont Country ... local charity, Luke’s Wings, an organization dedicated to helping service members that have been ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Bracket , ... launch its next generation clinical outcomes platform, Bracket eCOA (SM) ... held on June 26 – 30, 2016 in ... first electronic Clinical Outcome Assessment product of its kind to ... #715. Bracket eCOA 6.0 is a flexible platform ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... BOGOTA, Colombia , June 23, 2016  Astellas today announced the establishment of Astellas Farma Colombia (AFC), ... company,s second affiliate in Latin America . ... ... Colombia ... ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 23, 2016 The vast majority of dialysis ... facility.  Treatments are usually 3 times a week, with ... including travel time, equipment preparation and wait time.  This ... grueling for patients who are elderly and frail.  Many ... and rehabilitation centers for some duration of time. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: