Leukemia can be cured without brain damage

June 25, 2009

USA Today

Doctors have found a way to cure leukemia in children while sparing them from a toxic treatment that can cause brain damage, a study says.

In a study of 498 children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia — the most common pediatric cancer — doctors from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital treated them only with drugs and did not administer radiation to the brain, according to a study in today's New England Journal of Medicine. Although radiating the skull can help prevent cancer from spreading to the brain, it can also cause leave children with serious learning disabilities... Read More