Searching for cancer treatments: Increasing survival and improving quality of life

Treatment for children with cancer has come a long way, with more children surviving than ever before. Although the survival rate is improving, many children will deal with life-long side effects as a result of their treatment. We need to make the next leap forward in discovering new cancer treatments that not only increase survival rates but also improve each child’s quality of life with fewer side effects. In order to accomplish this we have to improve our understanding of childhood cancer on a genetic level.

I am one of several researchers at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the BloodCenter of Wisconsin studying cancer stem cells, specifically those in acute myeloid leukemia (AML), how they behave and what makes them different from …Click here to continue reading