Innovative Treatment for Leukemia

Leukemia

There’s a new kid on the block for treating leukemia: Chimeric antigen receptor T therapy, or CAR-T.

With CAR-T, immune cells are extracted from a patient, genetically altered to better battle a particular cancer, and inserted back into the body to boost the body’s own fighting power. These modified cells are often referred to as “living drugs.”

The FDA recently approved CAR-T therapies to treat children and young adults with a form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia as well as adult patients with relapsed non-Hodgkin lymphoma. This therapy may ultimately be used for additional diseases, including leukemia, myeloma, and brain tumors.

Certain blood cancers originate in bone marrow, where blood cells are altered. The cancer then moves to the blood, where it spreads throughout the body. They cannot be prevented or screened for, so the health care community has focused on finding cures. Research companies continue to refine this CAR-T therapy.

For more information on innovative therapies, visit http://www.goboldly.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sisters Network, Inc.

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Sisters Network, Inc., is a national African American breast cancer survivorship organization.

Founded in 1994 by Karen Eubanks Jackson, a three-time breast cancer survivor, Sisters Network seeks to connect African American women with breast cancer to local survivors and advocates. Based in Houston, this nonprofit now has 3,000 members and more than 40 affiliate survivor-run chapters nationwide.

African American women face unique challenges. Compared to their Caucasion counterparts, they often lack access to top-quality care, tend to get breast cancer at younger age, and have higher mortality rates.

Sisters Network raises breast cancer awareness through such programs as The Gift for Life Block Walk, The Pink Ribbon Awareness Project, and Stop the Silence. They accept donations to assist women in paying for mammograms.

Another project is Raising the House, a facility located in Houston where the organization can educate and empower African American women about the importance of breast health. The Sister House also provides accommodations for all breast cancer survivors.

For more information, visit their website, http://www.sistersnetworkinc,org.

Saving Lives, One Concert at a Time

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A unique approach to serving cancer patients is the Love Hope Strength Foundation (LHS), founded in 2007. Their mission is to save lives, one concert at a time.

The organization was co-founded by Mike Peters, a three-time cancer survivor and singer for the Welsh rock band The Alarm; and James Chippendale, a cancer survivor and insurance executive specializing in the music industry.

At the beginning, they used funds to purchase medical equipment and supplies; raise awareness through special events, documentaries and media; and help build cancer centers.

In 2007, LHS hosted the world’s highest concert at 18,536 feet on Mt Everest, witnessed by over three million people on the internet. Other concerts have included venues like Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Fuji. Their efforts have funded the first-ever mammography machine at Bhaktapur Cancer Center in Kathmandu as well as a Children’s Cancer Unit in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

They continue in internationally to take the message of love, hope, and strength to those who do not have access to the same medical treatments, care, and facilities experienced by many patients in the west.

Another unique feature of LHS is their contribution to the International Bone Marrow Registry. At concerts and festivals around the world, concert goers are encouraged to “Get on the List” by signing up using a cheek swab. As a result, over 100,000 music fans have been added to the registry and thousands of matches found for blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma.

For more information, visit them at http://www.lovehopestrength.org.