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Nikita’s three now and in remission which is “truly a miracle”

When Nikita was born with leukaemia in August 2019 his parents were told he probably wouldn’t survive; his chances being only 4%. 

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
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Kolder family at the beach

Expert Series: Dr Michael Osborn discusses all aspects of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia

More than 80% of children newly diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) are successfully treated today – an achievement deemed by Dr Michael Osborn as “one of the true success stories of modern medicine”. 

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
  • Research
  • Treatments and side-effects
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Michael Osborn

Planned clinical trial offers access to new therapy for rare acute leukaemia

Professor David Curtis has focused his research on searching for new ways to treat early T-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ETP-ALL) which he describes as “a nasty type of leukaemia”. 

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
  • Research
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Professor David Curtis

Expert Series: with Professor David Curtis

The ability to use haploidentical donors, or half matched donors, is the most important recent development in stem cell transplantation, says world leader in transplant research, Professor David Curtis. 

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
  • Research
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Curtis Group in 2022

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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Support for submission to MSAC for MRD testing reimbursement in ALL

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
  • Treatments and side-effects
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Dr Peter Diamond

Diagnosed with leukaemia as a newborn

Zoe Li was a healthy baby when she was born, but five weeks later her parents were told the shocking news… she had leukaemia.  

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
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Li Family

Helen’s steps to a gift in Will

Helen has no idea how many kilometres she walked with her beloved pooch Prinnie for over 15 years collecting for the Leukaemia Foundation Doorknock campaign. But she does know every step was worth it to help save the lives of children with blood cancer – like her young friend, Rachel, who was diagnosed with leukaemia in 1991.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
  • Our supporters
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Will’s first Father’s Day after beating blood cancer

After beating blood cancer and becoming a first-time dad, Will decided to take care of his mental health.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
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Will with his wife Sarah, holding their son Leo

Nick’s double blood cancer diagnosis and regaining hope

Diagnosed with two blood cancers, Nick's world changed instantly. Then transplant complications challenged him in ways he didn't expect.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
  • Chronic myeloid leukaemia
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Nick holding a bag of stem cells

Edward’s legacy secured with gift in Will 

Edward Rhoades and his mum, Jan, knew they wanted to give others impacted by blood cancer a brighter future after he suffered from the debilitating side-effects of a stem cell transplant, to which he eventually lost his life.  

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
  • Our supporters
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Expert Series: A/Prof. Michael Dickinson discusses CAR T-cell therapy

Associate Professor Michael Dickinson says CAR T-cell therapy is a 'revolutionary step forward'.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia
  • Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Research
  • Treatments and side-effects
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A/Prof. Dickinson enjoying gelato with his daughters in Melbourne

Reconciliation Week

We stand with Indigenous Australians to close the gap in health. We know we need to do better for our First Nations people living with blood cancer.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Other blood cancers
  • Support services
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Artwork created by Reconciliation Australia to mark Reconciliation Week

Childhood blood cancer through a mother’s eyes

This Mother’s Day, and every day, we recognise the incredible mothers and mother-figures within our community. One of these mums is Andrea Houston whose four-year-old daughter, Emily, is currently battling an aggressive blood cancer.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
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Tony’s in remission after CAR T-cell therapy – his last option

Tony's symptoms had only been problems with his legs and feet when we was diagnosed with ALL.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
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Tony Gillen and family in Callala Bay

Using precision medicine to reduce long-term ALL treatment effects

Professor Deb White hopes to reduce the toxic impact of ALL therapy.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
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Professor Deb White smiles at the camera

Expert Series: Dr Rishi Kotecha on paediatric ALL

Dr Rishi Kotecha talks about the revolutionary treatments which are improving outcomes for babies and children with high-risk leukaemia.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
  • Research
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Dr Kotecha in the lab

Three-year-old Annie faces two-year treatment

With three kids under three, the Pender family already had their hands full before a shock diagnosis thrust them into the whole new world of childhood blood cancer.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
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Baby Maverick defies expectation in blood cancer battle

At only nine-months-old, Maverick Hill was diagnosed with a life-threatening blood cancer and forced to endure immediate and aggressive treatment away from home.  

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
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Maverick Hill

My body wasn’t my own

Jen was into trying wellness crazes and 'anti-cancer' fads. Then she was diagnosed with blood cancer.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
  • Lifestyle and living well
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A woman is sitting down with her fiance and their dog. She is smiling at the camera.