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Report: Doctors Improving Treatment for Leukemia
Written by Phyllis Smith
Last updated on September 06, 2013 @ 9:24AM
Created on September 05, 2013 @ 4:48PM

While being diagnosed with cancer can be terrifying, one study said there's breakthroughs in the way doctors are treating leukemia.

Experts said there's treatment, like targeted therapy, that helps lessen the side effects of chemo.

Some doctors said that while there are breakthroughs in the way leukemia is being treated, it can be intimidating for people with the disease to understand what's going on.

It is recommended that you have an honest, frank conversation with your doctor if you've been diagnosed.

When it comes to the actual study, doctors said they've been working on what's called targeted therapy. It helps corner cancer cells. Agents attack the tumors, while leaving healthy cells alone.

They said this helps ease the harsh side effects of chemo. They said it also helps with the overall effectiveness of therapy.

Blood cancer patient Donald Sutherland said, "The end result for me has been essentially the cancer is under control. While it is chronic, it is being controlled and hasn't had any effect on my overall lifestyle."

The doctor who led the study said the main goal is remission in patients, so they can lead longer and healthier lives.

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