Last-resort leukemia treatment produces dramatic remission rate

October 16, 2014 8:41 PM

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Last-resort leukemia treatment produces dramatic remission rate

Ninety percent of people facing death because conventional treatments had failed to destroy their leukemia have responded to an experimental therapy that trains their cells to kill out-of-control blood cells, doctors in Philadelphia report.

Twenty seven of the 25 children and 5 adults initially responded to the new therapy. Nineteen - including a 9-year-old treated two and a half years ago - have remained cancer-free and 15 of those 19 have not receive any subsequent therapy.

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