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FDA Thinks Shortage of Cancer Drug for Kids Can Be Averted

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TUESDAY, Feb. 14 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that it was cautiously optimistic that a feared shortage of a life-saving drug used to treat a form of childhood leukemia will be averted.

The drug, methotrexate, is used in combination with other drugs to combat acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), which typically strikes children ages 2 to 5 and is the most common type of cancer in children.

Methotrexate is a linchpin in the treatment of children battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia. In high doses, the generic drug has been successful in curing patients and beneficial in preventing recurrence. Without the drug, a patient's chance for a cure is...

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) Treatment in Adults (Beyond the Basics)

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Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a cancer of blood cells. ALL is also known as lymphoblastic lymphoma when the disease primarily involves lymph nodes rather than the blood and bone marrow. ALL involves a type of white blood cell called a lymphocyte. Acute means that it develops and advances quickly, and requires immediate treatment.

Normally, lymphocytes and other blood cells are produced by the bone marrow (the spongy area in the middle of bones)...

Death Rate Higher in Minorities with Acute Leukemia

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THURSDAY, Sept. 22 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that blacks and Hispanics are less likely to develop acute leukemia than whites. But if they do become ill, they're much more likely to die.

"We don't know the reason for the disparity, but now that we know it exists we can investigate why it occurs," said study lead researcher Dr. Manali I. Patel, postdoctoral fellow in hematology/oncology at the Stanford Cancer Institute in Stanford, Calif., in a statement provided by the...

Bone Marrow Transplants: Another Possibility at Life

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David Lindsay, now 40 and playing here with his children, is alive today because of a bone marrow transplant he received while in college. His sister, who was just 7 at the time, donated the bone marrow. They were a perfect match.
Photo: Wendy Yang, Charlotte Observer

“I was a senior in high school, on a nationally ranked basketball team,” recalls David Lindsay, 40, of Charlotte, N.C. “But during practices, I felt really fatigued...