Stem cell transplantation shows better results in leukemia patients: Researchers

A group of medical researchers have recently claimed that using stem cell transplantation to treat patients with a serious but a very rare form of chronic blood cancer ‘Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia’ (JMML) has shown improved results.  Researchers at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), led by Dr. Hisham Abdel-Azim, looked at the children with Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia (JMML) who underwent cell transplantation at the hospital and noticed that all of them were alive and in clinical remission.

Abdel-Azim said that the lack of transplant-related mortality in the group of children we studied at the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at the hospital suggested that BUMEL (Intravenous Busulfan and Melphalan) may represent a successful cell transplantation high-dose chemotherapy regimen.  He said that it was also possible that administering conventional dose chemotherapy, before cell transplantation, to patients with more progressive disease may have contributed to improved outcomes.

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