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This year’s will be Sarah’s second Mother’s Day – but the first she’ll be celebrating cancer free.
Gavin Hill was able to conquer his blood cancer thanks to a fellow Aussie’s generous spirit.
Researchers at Monash University have discovered a key reason why a type of blood cancer called acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) is such a difficult disease to treat and cure. More than 1,000 Australians are told they have AML each year but less than a third of them will be alive five years after their diagnosis. […]
In a world first, the Australian COMMITTAL trial uses CAR T-cell therapy to improve survival for people with B-cell ALL who have an allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT). Dr Ken Micklethwaite, a clinical haematologist and bone marrow physician, who runs the CAR T-cell program at The Westmead Institute of Medical Research (Sydney), describes the study […]
Des Paddon says he owes his life to a clinical trial for the drug venetoclax – an experimental therapy that Leukaemia Foundation supporters helped to kick start. Des will spend this Father’s Day reflecting on family, including how much his two daughters supported him during his blood cancer treatment. “Jessica and Naomy don’t live nearby, […]
Sally Hansen and her husband Jeff celebrated their wedding and found out they were expecting a baby but amidst this joy, cancer rocked their family twice. “My husband’s grandad George had just retired and at 76 was looking forward to spending more time with his daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren,” Sally said. “Living in a country […]
In a world-first clinical trial, Melbourne medical researchers have shown that patients with an advanced form of leukaemia can achieve complete remission with a novel tablet treatment. Clinical trials of the potent new anti-cancer drug venetoclax showed it was effective in killing cancer cells in people with advanced forms of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) when […]
A protein critical for the survival of many cancer cells, called MCL-1, might be the key to a new treatment for lymphoma and leukaemia patients. Leukaemia Foundation funded researcher Dr Stephanie Grabow and her team, in particular Drs Gemma Kelly and Brandon Aubrey at Melbourne’s Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, are investigating the […]
After losing her husband Paul to a rare leukaemia twenty-two years ago, Karyn Williamson has raised an incredible $80,000 over the last five years to help regional patients diagnosed with a blood cancer. Karyn who comes from the small township of Cooyar two hours north-west of Brisbane said she wanted to give back to the Leukaemia Foundation after the support she and her […]
Imagine experiencing the joy of welcoming your new baby into the world, followed by the news that your other child has blood cancer. This was the confronting reality faced by Katharine and Jason Aquilina when their 18-month-old son, Ryan, was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2013, soon after the birth of their daughter. The shock was […]