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Cell marker found for leukemia-initiating capacity in chronic myelogenous leukemia

from University of Alabama at Birmingham via Medical Xpress

University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers have found a marker on blood cells that may help the most pressing problem in chronic myelogenous leukemia, or CML — an inability to get patients off treatment. "To do that, we have to be able to maintain their remission after stopping treatment," said Ravi Bhatia, M.D., division director of hematology and oncology in the UAB department of medicine and deputy director of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. "Treatment using drugs called tyrosine kinase inhibitors, or TKIs, do not eliminate leukemia-initiating cells." more

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