Needed: Black bone marrow donors

There are more than 67 000 donors in the country and only 4 100 are black, according to the South African Bone Marrow Registry.

New leukaemia drug shows promise

A new drug for patients with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) marked by a specific type of genetic mutation has shown surprising promise in a Phase II clinical trial.

Gene therapy kills leukaemia cells

In their fight against leukaemia, doctors are reporting unprecedented success by using gene therapy to transform patients' blood cells into soldiers that seek and destroy cancer.

Killer T-cells wipe out leukaemia

A breakthrough therapy to modify patients' T-cells into potent tumour-killing agents has helped three leukaemia sufferers stay cancer-free for a year, US researchers said.

Common childhood leukaemia now curable

Acute lymphocytic leukaemia – the most common childhood cancer – can now be cured, says the Alberts Cellular Therapy unit at the Netcare Pretoria East hospital.

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