Deal for NHS to offer exciting new child cancer therapy

The cutting-edge treatment is expensive but could potentially cure children with advanced leukaemia.
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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For years, cancer treatment was dominated by chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and stem cell transplantation. New insights into genetic characteristics of leukemic cells have initiated the development of the chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy. This type of adoptive cell immunotherapy has been a breakthrough in the treatment of aggressive B-cell lymphoma and B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia. In August 2018, the European Commission has approved the first CAR T-cell products – tisagenlecleucel (Kymriah®, Novartis) and axicabtagene ciloleucel (Yescarta®, Gilead) – for hematological n...
Source: Transfusion Medicine and Hemotherapy - Category: Hematology Source Type: research
to AP Abstract Cancer stem cells show epigenetic plasticity and intrinsic resistance to anti-cancer therapy, rendering capable of initiating cancer relapse and progression. Transcription factor OCT-4 regulates various pathways in stem cells, but its expression can be regulated by pseudogenes. This work evaluated how OCT4-PG1 pseudogene can affect OCT-4 expression and mechanisms related to the multidrug resistance (MDR) phenotype in FEPS cells. Considering that OCT-4 protein is a transcription factor that regulates expression of ABC transporters, level of gene expression, activity of ABC proteins and cell sensitivi...
Source: Molecular Biology Reports - Category: Molecular Biology Authors: Tags: Mol Biol Rep Source Type: research
Abstract Development of targeted cancer therapy requires a thorough understanding of mechanisms of tumorigenesis as well as mechanisms of action of therapeutics. This is challenging because by the time patients are diagnosed with cancer, early events of tumorigenesis have already taken place. Similarly, development of cancer immunotherapies is hampered by a lack of appropriate small animal models with autologous human tumor and immune system. In this article, we report the development of a mouse model of human acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with autologous immune system for studying early events of human leukemogene...
Source: Journal of Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Tags: J Immunol Source Type: research
Therapy-related myelodysplastic syndrome and acute myeloid leukemia (t-MDS/AML) are rare but well-recognized complications of cancer therapy. Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) with myeloablative conditioning (MAC) remains the mainstay of treatment but is associated with a high incidence of non-relapse mortality (NRM). Reduced intensity conditioning (RIC) may reduce NRM in these heavily pre-treated patients. The primary objective of this study was to compare outcomes following RIC and MAC regimens in patients receiving an allogeneic HCT.
Source: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation - Category: Hematology Authors: Tags: 17 Source Type: research
CART therapy is revolutionizing modern cancer therapy, with two anti-CD19 CARTs FDA-approved for relapsed/refractory B cell lymphoma/leukemia and many other CARTs for solid and liquid tumors currently undergoing clinical trials. However, in current clinical practice, suboptimal CART persistence and tumor killing permit tumor cell escape and, ultimately, disease relapse. Reasoning that a pro-lymphoid growth factor could promote CART efficacy, we supplemented UCART infusion with subcutaneous injections of the long-acting form of recombinant human interleukin-7 fused with hybrid Fc (rhIL-7-hyFc, NT-I7) in vivo using a CD19+ l...
Source: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation - Category: Hematology Authors: Tags: 223 Source Type: research
In this study, we show that calorie restriction is protective against age-related increases in senescence and microglia activation and pro-inflammatory cytokine expression in an animal model of aging. Further, these protective effects mitigated age-related decline in neuroblast and neuronal production, and enhanced olfactory memory performance, a behavioral index of neurogenesis in the SVZ. Our results support the concept that calorie restriction might be an effective anti-aging intervention in the context of healthy brain aging. Greater Modest Activity in Late Life Correlates with Lower Incidence of Dementia ...
Source: Fight Aging! - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs
Abstract Arsenic trioxide (ATO) is among the first-line chemotherapeutic drugs used in oncological practice. It has shown substantial efficacy in treating patients with relapsed or refractory acute promyelocytic leukaemia. The clinical use of ATO is hampered due to cardiotoxicity and hence many patients are precluded from receiving this highly effective treatment. An alternative to this would be to use any drug that can ameliorate the cardiotoxic effects and allow exploiting the full therapeutic potential of ATO, with considerable impact on cancer therapy. Generation of reactive oxygen species is involved in ...
Source: Cardiovascular Toxicology - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Cardiovasc Toxicol Source Type: research
ConclusionDespite the limited immunization documentation and high refusal rates observed in this study, the influenza vaccine refusal rate was lower than the average for the United States, the state of Georgia, and the previous studies of patients with cancer. Although routine outpatient vaccination occurs, improvements in screening, strategies for sharing patient vaccine-related information, and counseling of patients who refuse the vaccine are needed. Further work is also needed to determine the effectiveness of influenza vaccination in patients receiving anti-cancer therapy.
Source: Clinical Lymphoma Myeloma and Leukemia - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
CONCLUSION:: Carfilzomib is a next-generation proteasome inhibitor with proven efficacy in relapsed/refractory MM. Recently, increasing frequency of TLS has been reported in MM, especially after treatment with proteasome inhibitors. The potential complications of TLS should be considered especially during the first cycle of carfilzomib treatment. PMID: 30580656 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Tumori - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Tumori Source Type: research
The National Cancer Institute in Rockville, Maryland, has opened an innovative clinical trial for patients with peritoneal mesothelioma that will explore the safety and effectiveness of a novel CAR T-cell therapy. The phase I trial also is being conducted at Washington University in St. Louis. It is aimed at patients whose disease has relapsed after initial chemotherapy treatment. It involves a laboratory modification of a patient’s T cells — a type of white blood cell — that can help the immune system kill the cancer. CAR T-cell therapy is a form of gene therapy that has been highly successful with blood...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Source Type: news
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