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New Leukemia Treatment Showing Positive Results

The treatment has worked for three patients, two of which were cancer-free after a year of treatment.

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A microscopic image shows Lymphocytic leukemia cells.

A new leukemia treatment that attempts to turn cells into “assassins” is in the works.

Dr. Sumeet Bhatia, an oncologist with Community Health Network in Indianapolis, said the treatment turns T-cells in the body into assassin cells which target leukemia cells and helps destroy them.

The treatment has worked for three patients, two of which were cancer-free after a year of treatment. Dr. Bhatia said the treatment has been tried with other cancers as well.

“This kind of therapy has been tested for a long time in diseases like melanoma,” he said. “Unfortunately, they‘ve not met with as much success before.”

He said there will not be any kind of “across the board” treatment for all cancers because there are simply too many types of cancers to treat them all.

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