Unique Trial Aims to Decrease Early Deaths in Patients with Rare Leukemia

It’s not often that a cancer clinical trial recruits a handful of oncologists to staff a round-the-clock help desk of sorts for their peers. But that’s the case for a unique NCI-funded trial that is attempting to address a serious problem for patients who have a very rare cancer, acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL). Because of treatment advances over the past several decades, long-term survival has increased dramatically in people diagnosed with APL. The goal of the trial, however, is to see if this 24/7 support can help more patients with APL survive the first few weeks of treatment. In some...

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