Traditional leukemia treatments start from the premise that treating the disease means eliminating cancerous cells from the bloodstream. Yet new research calls into question this commonplace assumption, potentially pointing the way toward promising new treatments for the condition.
In a recent paper published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, a team of researchers at Imperial College London announced that the most effective way to fight leukemia could involve boosting healthy blood cells, not fighting cancerous ones. Both healthy and cancerous cells are involved in constant competition for the body’s limited resources. By strengthening healthy cells, the researchers indicate, doctors may be able to reduce the number of leukemia cells more effectively than by attacking them directly. Although further research is required, these preliminary findings could lead to more successful approaches to fighting the disease.
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An experienced investment advisor, Jacinto Solivellas de Oleza recently founded the Alexcar Leukemia Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting patients and families living with leukemia and related blood disorders.