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Personalised cellular therapy gives Hunter a future

A cutting-edge cellular therapy, made possible by breakthrough research, has given seven-year-old Hunter hope for a brighter future.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
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The Madden Family

Drug discovery has remarkable potential for high-risk childhood leukaemia

Dr Michelle Henderson's research is laying the groundwork to develop a promising new therapy for infant ALL.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
  • Research
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Dr Michelle Henderson in the lab

From PhD in Melbourne to postdoc in New York

New York-based, Aussie researcher Matt Witkowski has his sights set on improving the effectiveness of CAR T-cell therapy.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
  • Research
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Matthew Witkowski

Navigating childhood blood cancer during a pandemic

Archer spent nine months, hundreds of kilometres from home and across state borders, undergoing life-saving blood cancer treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
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Archer Bermingham

Baby Daisy spends first year conquering blood cancer

To mark September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we’re sharing the inspiring stories of little warriors like Daisy, who was diagnosed with an aggressive blood cancer at just four months old.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
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Daisy Neve

Thank you for keeping Gavin’s family close during a bone marrow transplant

Gavin thought leukaemia was only a children’s cancer until the day his shock diagnosis completely changed his family forever.  

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
  • Support services
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Gavin Hill outside in the garden

I was a new mum with blood cancer

This year’s will be Sarah’s second Mother’s Day – but the first she’ll be celebrating cancer free.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
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Sarah Fazulla and her young daughter Blair

Gavin’s life saved by a perfect stranger: “There was no option B for me…”

Gavin received a transplant to treat his ALL from an unrelated-matched donor.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
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Gavin with wife, Jen and daughter, Dusty

Blood cancer doesn’t stop: Ari’s story

Ari’s family told us about the impact the virus has on their lives.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
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Baczynski Family at a Leukaemia Foundation accommodation unit

Leukaemia Foundation invests $2.6m+ in innovative myeloma research

Better understanding and treating myeloma is the focus of eight research projects that are part of the Leukaemia Foundation’s National Research Program.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
  • Acute myeloid leukaemia
  • Myeloma
  • Research
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PBS listing of blinatumomab extended  

Australians with ALL and minimal residual disease (MRD) can now access blinatumomab on the PBS.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
  • Treatments and side-effects
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Brett’s well and back living in the moment

“A few days before I was diagnosed, I went home after work and was pretty much unable to get upstairs without feeling really tired."

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
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Robert’s battler spirit not only helped him take on the Kokoda trail but also an ALL diagnosis

Robert has never been one to shy away from a challenge, conquering the Kokoda trail, the Himalayas, as well as a shock ALL diagnosis.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
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Robert on the Kokoda trail

“I have two healthy sons living full lives”

Koreen's two sons were diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL).

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
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Koreen's sons

Deyan’s last option

When Deyan Cashmere relapsed after a stem cell transplant, his only option was to go to the U.S. for potentially life-saving immunotherapy.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
  • Treatments and side-effects
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Deyan Cashmere and family

Make Blood Cancer Visible

Download this beautiful collection of stories shared by Australians who have faced blood cancer.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
  • Acute myeloid leukaemia
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia
  • Chronic myeloid leukaemia
  • Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Other blood cancers
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Four months old and fighting two different blood cancers

When bubbly baby Bronx Wilson was just four months old his family was told he had a very rare and often deadly blood cancer.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
  • Acute myeloid leukaemia
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Bronx Wilson

We couldn’t have got through the past year without you

Dan (28), from Launceston, Tasmania, experienced over three months of chronic pain and fatigue leading up to a shocking leukaemia diagnosis.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
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Dan, his fiance Nat and their dogs Murphy and Millie

Australian study first ever to use CAR T-cells to prevent relapse after treatment

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 transplant.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
  • Research
  • Treatments and side-effects
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Dr Ken Micklethwaite