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About the Hovon 150 Trial

The aim of the HOVON 150 trial* is to recruit 968 patients with a particular mutation, related to AML.

  • Acute myeloid leukaemia
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Blood Cancer Taskforce develops national plan

The Blood Cancer Taskforce has brought the Australian blood cancer community together to develop the first National Strategic Action Plan for Blood Cancer.  

  • Acute myeloid leukaemia
  • Advocacy and policy
  • Chronic myeloid leukaemia
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Searching for “more effective and gentler” therapies for AML

The Professor of Harvard University’s Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology spoke with us about why he chose this line of work, and his research objectives.

  • Acute myeloid leukaemia
  • Research
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Dr David Scadden at a lab meeting at Harvard University

 Adding the microenvironment to the AML therapy mix improves efficacy   

Associate Professor Ingrid Wrinkler's findings have "opened up a whole new field".

  • Acute myeloid leukaemia
  • Research
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Ingrid Winker and Valerie Barbier

Leukaemia Foundation invests almost $3m in innovative AML research

Seven research projects that are part of the National Research Program focus on better understanding and treating acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). 

  • Acute myeloid leukaemia
  • Research
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Dr Laura Bray

Carrie – our new Chair – knows blood cancer from experience 

Carrie Hillyard was "in the middle of absolutely nowhere" when she was struck with symptoms of blood cancer.

  • Acute myeloid leukaemia
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Chair of the Leukaemia Foundation, Dr Carrie Hillyard

Leukaemia: emotionally, psychologically, mentally the hardest thing

Dave and his band of supporters raised over $400,000 on a Leukaemia Foundation charity bike ride.

  • Acute myeloid leukaemia
  • Events
  • Our supporters
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Dave Hetherington and his Ride as One crew

“The biggest discoveries come from basic biological research”

Rebecca's research work is looking at different pathways of NK cells in acute myeloid leukaemia.

  • Acute myeloid leukaemia
  • Research
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Rebecca Delconte

“I didn’t know how we were going to manage”

Aleigha’s blood cancer journey started back in July 2014 with a devastating acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) diagnosis.

  • Acute myeloid leukaemia
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Aleigha and her sons

Dear Blood Cancer…

Seven-year-old Neveah conquered a rare blood cancer after an international bone marrow donor search.

  • Acute myeloid leukaemia
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Bree, Neveah and Josh Nott

Blood cancer doesn’t stop: Mick’s story

Mick faced a bone marrow transplant during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Acute myeloid leukaemia
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Michael Blenman and daughter Tracey

Professor Ulrich Steidl describes research as “a team sport”

Ulrich Steidl discusses his work as an experimental haematologist in MDS and AML.

  • Acute myeloid leukaemia
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Research
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Dr Ulrich Steidl

Lisa’s early pregnancy symptoms turned out to be AML

One of the hardest things Lisa Christie has done is to stop breastfeeding her eight-month son so she could start treatment for AML immediately.

  • Acute myeloid leukaemia
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Jackson and Lisa playing the piano together in January 2016.

Blood cancer doesn’t stop: Shelley’s story

Shelley is having to navigate the COVID-19 outbreak only 110 days after her life-saving transplant.

  • Acute myeloid leukaemia
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Shelley Garvey with her family

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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Preventing different forms of resistance to AML would “make a massive difference”

Leukaemia Foundation Research Fellowship recipient Mark Dawson discusses various areas of AML research.

  • Acute myeloid leukaemia
  • Research
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Blackmores Sydney Running Festival

Lisa Christie shares her stem cell transplant experience

Lisa Christie shares her experience of having a stem cell transplant following her diagnosis with AML.

  • Acute myeloid leukaemia
  • Treatments and side-effects
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Lisa with Jackson on the beach at Torquay, January 2019.

About the Hovon 150 Trial

The aim of the HOVON 150 trial* is to recruit 968 patients from Europe, Australia and other participating countries.

  • Acute myeloid leukaemia
  • Research
  • Treatments and side-effects
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“Leukaemia took me to the edge and brought me back”

Shane shares the story of his diagnosis of acute myeloid leukaemia.

  • Acute myeloid leukaemia
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Shane Dawe and partner

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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Illustration of various cells - neutrophils, lymphocytes, basophil, Eosinophil and red blood cells