Updated: 06/24/2014 18:11

New possibilities for leukaemia therapy

New possibilities for leukaemia therapy

Scientists at A*STAR's Singapore Immunology Network have made a discovery which opens up new possibilities in the treatment of leukaemia, a cancer of the blood. 

They've discovered a new class of lipids in the leukaemia cells that are detected by a unique group of immune cells. 

The recognition triggers an immune response to destroy the leukaemia cells and suppress their growth. 

The scientists say this new mode of cancer cell recognition suggests that T-cells can potentially be harnessed to treat leukaemia. 

Leukaemia is characterized by the accumulation of cancer cells originating from blood cells, in the blood or bone marrow. 

Current treatments for leukaemia largely involve chemotherapy to eradicate all cancer cells, followed by stem cell transplants to restore healthy blood cells in the patients.

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