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Leukemia Trials are Helping Practitioners Personalize Patient Care

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At present, medical practitioners have few options when they are presented with a patient with leukemia. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s website points out that : “It’s important that your doctor is experienced in treating patients with acute leukemia or has access to an acute myeloid leukemia (AML) specialist.” It lists the three major types of available treatment. “Doctors use several types of treatment for adults with AML, some at different stages: Chemotherapy or other drug therapies (Chemotherapy is the use of potent drugs or chemicals, often in combinations or intervals, to kill or damage cancer cells); Stem Cell transplantation (This may be used with a second phase of chemotherapy); and Clinical trials. (Clinical trials can involve therapy with new drugs and new drug combinations or new approaches to stem cell transplantation.) This is where choosing the clinical trial route may be the best option for all.  A cancer clinical trial is a carefully conducted by doctors to improve the care and treatment of people who have cancer. A treatment that’s proven safe and effective in a cancer clinical trial may be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use as a standard treatment if it meets one or both of the following criteria: 1) It’s more effective than the current standard treatment; and 2) It has fewer side effects than the current standard treatment.

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