Radiolabeled antibody, stem cell transplant treat leukemia

11/5/2009 | EurekAlert!

Researchers used an antibody attached to iodine 131 to target leukemic blood cells for radiation delivery among patients with advanced acute myeloid leukemia or high-risk myelodysplastic syndrome, a pre-leukemic condition. The technique allowed for more radiation to reach and eliminate cancer cells in preparation for stem cell transplantation. All of the patients in the study experienced a remission in their cancers after undergoing the combined procedure.

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