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New Clinical Study for Children With AML Aims to Kill Leukemia Cells and Minimize Cardiac Damage

New Clinical Study for Children With AML Aims to Kill Leukemia Cells and Minimize Cardiac Damage

Dr. Todd Cooper, director of the Pediatric Leukemia/Lymphoma Program and Evans Family Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cancer at Seattle Children’s, is leading a new nationwide clinical trial, conducted within the Children’s Oncology Group, for children and adolescents with relapsed acute myelogenous leukemia to test a drug, CPX-351, which has been designed to kill leukemia cells while minimizing damage to the heart. According to Cooper, up to 30% of patients who undergo chemotherapy for AML will have late term side effects that affect the heart.

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