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Des and Jessica

I needed two transfusions to make my daughter’s wedding

Des Paddon says he owes his life to a clinical trial for the drug venetoclax – an experimental therapy that Leukaemia Foundation supporters helped to kick start. Des will spend this Father’s Day reflecting on family, including how much his two daughters supported him during his blood cancer treatment. “Jessica and Naomy don’t live nearby, […]

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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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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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Peripheral Neuropathy

Understanding and managing peripheral neuropathy

What blood cancer patients need to know about peripheral neuropathy and how to manage it. Blood cancer treatment, or sometimes the disease itself, can cause peripheral neuropathy. It causes damage to nerves of the peripheral nervous system, which transmits  information from the brain and spinal cord to every other part of the body. It causes pain, numbness, […]

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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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Unravelling the genetic mysteries of myeloma

Despite being the third most common blood cancer affecting more than 1500 Australians each year, mystery surrounds the development of myeloma. What we do know is that in almost every case, myeloma develops from a benign (non-cancerous) disease known as monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS). We just don’t know how. Looking at the genes […]

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Working to understand and improve MDS drug

Azacitidine (Vidaza®) is the only drug available for treating myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), and is also used to treat several other blood cancers. Unfortunately, the drug is only effective in about half of MDS cases, and its exact mode of action isn’t understood. With funding support from the Leukaemia Foundation, Dean Tyler at the University of Melbourne and Peter […]

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A vital head start against cancer

Doctors will be given a valuable head start against cancer with the development of a new test that can identify the 40% of patients with an aggressive form of lymphoma who are not likely to respond to standard treatment. Our Chair in blood cancer research at UQ Diamantina Institute in Brisbane, Professor Maher Gandhi, explains the laboratory test and how […]

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Ann Scholz

‘This takes a lot of pressure off Gold Coast patients’

Last month Gold Coast Health launched a stem cell transplant service at the Gold Coast University Hospital. Ann Scholz, our Support Services Coordinator for the area, shed some light on what the new transplant unit can mean for local blood cancer patients An autologous transplant uses your own blood-forming stem cells, which are collected in […]

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Be kind to yourself through treatment

With your body going through so much, it’s easy to forget to nurture your soul. But taking care of your psychological health is a critical part of coping with chemotherapy. Finding ways to reduce stress, keep your spirits up and enjoy life – even at such a challenging time – can help ward off depression and anxiety, […]

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