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New drug discovery gives hope to leukaemia sufferers

Published on 06/11/2009
Scientists from Trinity College Dublin have developed a new breakthrough treatment that could benefit more patients with leukaemia.

The researchers suggest that the drug PBOX-15 can destroy cancerous and chronic lymphocytic leukaemia cells in adult patients with a poor prognosis.

In response to the finding, Andrea Stylianou, charity coordinator at the Leukaemia Society, said: "Patients that have been resistant to other therapies are going to benefit from this and that in itself is a big achievement.

"It seems very promising. It is still a long road, but if they have found this and it has the potential for treating people that did not have that opportunity before then that in itself is fantastic."

The most recent statistics from Cancer Research UK show that leukaemia was the cause of 4,350 deaths in 2007.

While the majority of sufferers survive one year with the disease, most pass away beyond this period.

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