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Leukemia/Lymphoma

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Leukemia is the most prevalent childhood cancer, and represents about 1/3 of all cancers in children. Although pediatric leukemia is highly curable, nearly 20 percent of children with leukemia will relapse. Furthermore, treatments are difficult, and can lead to stroke, diabetes, and severe arthritis leading to joint replacements. Our research is focused on finding better cures for our young patients with this disease. Specific research initiatives include focus on leukemia stem cells and the development of drugs that can be taken by mouth and destroy cancer cells but leave normal tissue alone.

Key Players

Dr. William Slayton – Interim Division Chief & Stop Children’s Cancer Palm Beach County Chair
Dr. Lamis Eldjerou – Director, Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Program
Kenny Higgins, PA-C – Clinical Program Coordinator
Autumn Hall, ARNP – Clinical Program Coordinator
Maggie Gulig, RN
– Nurse Educator

 

Researchers

William Slayton – Targeted therapy for high risk childhood Leukemia and clinical trials for Philadelphia Chromosome Positive Leukemia
Lamis Elderjou
– Clinical trials for Philadelphia Chromosome Positive Leukemia
Zhongbo Hu
– Targets for Philadelphia Chromosome Positive Leukemia
Xiao Miao Li
– Stem Cells and the Microenvironment
David Ostrov
– Drug Design and X-ray Crystallography