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Terry’s ups and downs during 20 years living with CML

Terry Robson-Petch has been living with CML for 20 years.

  • Chronic myeloid leukaemia
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Terry Robson-Petch with his partner and daughter 

Expert series interview: Dr Naranie Shanmuganathan on CML

The greatest unmet need in CML is the ability to predict outcomes at the time of diagnosis according to Dr Naranie Shanmuganathan, a consultant haematologist at Royal Adelaide Hospital and SA Pathology.

  • Chronic myeloid leukaemia
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Dr Naranie Shanmuganathan

Regina’s new life is about making memories with her girls

The week before Regina Batten’s wedding, in August 2017, she was diagnosed with AML. She had just celebrated her 30th birthday and was about to marry the father of her three children.

  • Acute myeloid leukaemia
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Regina with her twins

Expert interview with Dr Cameron Curley on transplantation and CAR-T therapy

Dr Cameron Curley describes CAR T-cell therapy as “arguably the biggest breakthrough in the treatment of many blood cancers in the last decade”. 

  • Acute myeloid leukaemia
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Dr Cameron Curley

Innovative new international trial for relapsed paediatric ALL opens soon

A clinical trial, due to open in mid-2022, will give young people access to two promising new ALL drugs.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
  • Research
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Illustration of a microscope, test tubes, and clipboard

Phil’s potential melanoma turned out to be CLL

Ongoing fatigue was the symptom that prompted Phil Nicholls to have his first medical assessment in years and it resulted in his diagnosis with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL). 

  • Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia
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Phil and Cheryll Nicholls