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September 3rd, 2015 | Leave a comment by   in Cancer Treatment, Healthcare Advances

New Treatment Options for Blood Cancer

Science Team

Blood cancer. The words bring to mind scary thoughts about a terminal disease and cancer spreading throughout one’s body as the blood we need delivers both nourishment and potentially cancerous cells to other parts of our body. Scientists and doctors once had few options but to fall in line with this perception, as they watched patients with leukemia, myeloma and lymphoma fight for their lives. But, now there are happier endings, thanks to a better understanding of how these types of cancers form in the first place and emerging treatments that target those processes. “We’re witnessing a paradigm shift in the treatment of blood cancers,” said Peter Citron, M.D., a Baptist Health Medical Group hematologist/oncologist and a founding member of Miami Cancer Institute, a part of Baptist Health South Florida. “We now know that seeking out and destroying cancer cells is only part of the treatment equation. We’ve learned how to target the pathways that lead cells to become...

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