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New PBS drug will mean better outcomes for families

A drug used to treat a rare form of Hodgkin lymphoma is now widely available through the national Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), saving families thousands of dollars. The PBS listing of brentuximab vedotin gives Australians access to a potentially life-saving treatment that previously cost up to $16,100 for a single course. The Leukaemia Foundation presented comprehensive […]

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Linda Hennessey

Working out a better way to beat blood cancer

Linda Hennessy was only 23 years old when she was diagnosed with lymphoma, a dangerous blood cancer that develops in the body’s lymphatic system. She spent weeks lying in hospital – at one point in an induced coma – facing the prospect that she wouldn’t survive. “They found tumours around my heart, left lung and […]

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Jo Harbort UGLY bartender

Lymphoma knocked me for six but I got back up

“I saw their loved ones sitting beside them tired, worried, and trying to show a positive face when really their hearts were breaking.” Just over a year ago, Bellbowrie Tavern’s U.G.L.Y. Bartender of the Year entrant Jo was in hospital being treated for a rare blood cancer, nodular lymphocyte-predominant Hodgkin lymphoma (NLPHL), presenting as lumps in her neck. During that […]

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Gandhi

Improving lymphoma outcomes with personal touch

A recent review of the latest medical advances for people with Hodgkin lymphoma has highlighted how personalised treatment is improving outcomes for patients. Professor Maher Gandhi, the Leukaemia Foundation Chair in Blood Cancer Research at The University of Queensland’s Diamantina Institute, said the new approaches were aimed at “minimising toxicity while maximising response”. He said […]

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Light the Night

Friendship a shining light

Even though Gael Le Breton and Sandra White both live in Cairns, they may never have met had it not been for their shared battle with lymphoma. Gael was diagnosed in 2012 while Sandra has been dealing with lymphoma for the past 15 years during which time she has had two bone marrow transplants. Both women were treated in different hospitals, however they met […]

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blog-Rick-Pearson

New drug combination offers new hope to patients

The Leukaemia Foundation is proud to have funded four researchers at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre working on the development of a new drug, CX-5461, currently being evaluated in a clinical trial for patients with advanced blood cancers. Results from the trial have been promising to date, however the research team has found that CX-5461 could be even more […]

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Targeting cancer ‘survival’ protein to kill cancer cells

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 […]

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Rob and dad_FB

My toughest opponent wasn’t in the water, it was in my blood

One year ago if you’d asked 32-year-old Rob Maitland to swim 18km from Europe to Africa, he would have struggled to find the energy to even think about it. But he recently achieved what seemed impossible and is now in the history books as the 17th Australian to complete the challenging Strait of Gibraltar swim. […]

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Mike Higgins former Channel 7 newsreader

Given 16% chance of survival I’m just happy to be alive

  The man with the golden voice, former Channel 7 newsreader Mike Higgins, is happy to be alive after battling a rare form of lymphoma At 67, Mike may look a little older than he did when he was beamed into our lounge rooms during the 70s and 80s, but that smooth, rich voice is still […]

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Blood cancer claiming the lives of more Queenslanders than breast and skin cancer

Blood cancers are killing more Queenslanders than breast cancer and skin cancer, according to surprising new statistics. The most recent data available shows blood cancers such as leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma claimed the lives of 4,094 Australians in 2013, compared to the 2,892 people who died from breast cancer and 2,209 who died from melanoma. […]

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