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Using HIV to cure leukemia

December 11, 2012

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/10/health/a-breakthrough-against-leukemia-using-altered-t-cells.html?_r=0

HIV- it targets T-helper cells. But what if we use that to our advantage to rev the body to fight cancer? That is exactly what researchers did to help the body fight against acute lymphocytic leukemia, an extremely difficult cancer to put into remission. The T-cells with cancer fighting properties linger in the body, leaving long lasting protection for the patient with much fewer side effects than traditional chemotherapy.Image

 

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  1. Synthia Santerre permalink

    Leukemia is a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow. There are two types of leukemia, chronic and acute, which are treated differently and have different symptoms. Acute leukemia rapidly progresses and needs immediate, aggressive treatment. Chronic leukemia can take months or years to show symptoms and may not need immediate treatment but will require ongoing monitoring. Chemotherapy utilizes chemicals to treat the cancer. It causes many side effects such as hair loss, nausea and decline of the immune system. The complete course of therapy can be from two to five years including maintenance. This is the most common form of treatment for leukemia with the desired result being total remission. Even without symptoms, ongoing monitoring must occur to guard against relapse..

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