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by Anonymous

19 May 2011 at 08:34

Thinking of a friend

I received these BBC news reports from a US friend.Who not being able to sleep as she has been told she has to start treatment and may have a secondary cancer, took the time to make me feel better. Thank you friend I don't know what to say. So today before my visit to my CLL consultant at The University Hospital Wales (Cardiff) this afternoon, not expecting any surprises in my counts it is great to visit knowing that I couldn't be in better hands. Knowing my consultant is head of clinical research, means I probably couldn't be much closer to the cutting edge here in my little town in the UK. I guess you can get some good luck and bad with CLL and make some amazing friends.

Cardiff University is being named the UK's first Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research centre of excellence.

Cardiff is looking at the two most common forms of adult leukaemia - acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) and chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL).

Current research aims to allow doctors to predict who will respond to treatment and how effective drugs are.

The charity has invested more than £1m at the university's school of medicine so far this year and around £6.5m in the last decade.

These programmes are seeking to dissect what's going wrong in the leukaemia cells themselves and this will have two useful consequences for patients.

"One, it can allow us to predict who is going to respond well to currently available treatment.

"Two, it might produce targets which particular drugs might be able to hit."

Over 2,000 adults are diagnosed with AML every year and 3,000 adults with CLL.

Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research currently has six research projects running in Cardiff dedicated to improving diagnosis and treatment for these two types of blood cancer

A new drug for CLL, called LC-1 was recently developed by scientists in their Cardiff laboratories and a clinical trial using the drug will be available soon to patients at the University Hospital of Wales.

Blood cancer patients in Cardiff are set to benefit from clinical trials being "pooled" with a dozen other UK hospitals, says a research charity.

Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research says the move will give patients with a rare disease better access to trial drugs.

University Hospital of Wales (UHW) has been named as a specialist centre in a network of 13 hospitals across the UK.


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