Hematologic Cancer News and Features

Lack of Transfusion Services a Barrier to Hospice Care for Patients With Blood Cancers

Lack of Transfusion Services a Barrier to Hospice Care for Patients With Blood Cancers

A lack of needed transfusion services was cited as why many hematologic oncologists are less likely to refer their patients with blood cancers to home hospice care.

IL-11 Plus Glucocorticoids Safe, Effective for ITP in Adults

IL-11 Plus Glucocorticoids Safe, Effective for ITP in Adults

Recent study results demonstrate that recombinant IL-11 with glucocorticoids is a safe and effective treatment for idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) in adults.

Eradication of Infection Improves Outcomes for H Pylori+ patients with ITP

Eradication of Infection Improves Outcomes for H Pylori+ patients with ITP

Approximately 40% of ITP cases are caused by gram-negative H pylori infection; therefore, researchers sought to determine the effectiveness of infection eradication on platelet count in these patients.

Guideline-driven Initiative Improves Pneumococcal Vaccination Rates Among aHSCT Recipients

Guideline-driven Initiative Improves Pneumococcal Vaccination Rates Among aHSCT Recipients

A nurse-led team developed a tracking tool that created a vaccination schedule from transplant date forward for autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients.

Novel Approach Prevents GVHD After Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation

Novel Approach Prevents GVHD After Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation

An international team developed an approach to hematopoietic stem cell transplantation that prevents GVHD while preserving the benefits of the therapy.

Importance of GM-CSF Autoantibodies in Pulmonary Alveolar Proteinosis With MPN

Importance of GM-CSF Autoantibodies in Pulmonary Alveolar Proteinosis With MPN

A case of simultaneous PAP and MPN diagnoses demonstrate the importance of evaluating for GM-CSF autoantibodies to distinguish autoimmune and secondary forms of PAP.

Novel Test For Multiple Myeloma Uses Microchip, Conventional Blood Sample

Novel Test For Multiple Myeloma Uses Microchip, Conventional Blood Sample

MIT team develops simple, less painful diagnostic test for multiple myeloma using microfluidic chip and conventional blood sample.

Optimal Management of Myeloma With Bortezomib

Optimal Management of Myeloma With Bortezomib

In this review of the role of bortezomib in the treatment of multiple myeloma, the researchers explain what nurses need to watch for in patients taking this drug.

Protein Suppresses Transformation of Myelodysplastic Syndrome to Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Protein Suppresses Transformation of Myelodysplastic Syndrome to Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Research on the transformation of MDS to AML identifies a protein whose deletion is a potential tumor suppressor that would block this disease progression.

New Gene Mutations Associated with Erdheim-Chester Disease Could Improve Treatment Options

New Gene Mutations Associated with Erdheim-Chester Disease Could Improve Treatment Options

BRAF other MAPK pathway gene mutations associated with Erdheim-Chester disease reveal that ECD is a neoplastic disease.

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