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BY Clayton Boldt, Ph.D.

After completing a course of treatment, there are few words that sound better to a patient than “complete remission.” It’s an indication that the treatment has worked, and there is no evidence of cancer based on scans or lab tests.

However, there is a different phrase that can be somewhat confusing to patients – minimal residual disease (MRD). This term is used often by physicians when treating patients with blood cancers, such...

Photo of microscope slides with blood samples showing minimal residual disease (MRD)

BY Chris Golding

Without their Native American guide, Sacagawea, to lead them, early American explorers Lewis and Clark might never have survived their journey...

BY Marc McCoy

A routine physical exam in October 2015 changed my life. 

Doctors were alarmed by my low white blood cell count and wanted to...

BY Stephen F. Weber

When I was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndromes (a precursor of acute myeloid leukemia) in July 2015, I don’t know what shocked me more: the fact that my only chance for a cure was a bone marrow transplant, or that because I was 75, my “advanced” age disqualified me from receiving one.

Then I discovered that my insurance provider would consider covering transplants for patients over age 65 — but only if they met certain fitness...

Myelodysplastic syndromes survivor and clinical trial participant Stephen F. Weber

BY Andrew Futreal, Ph.D.

 

While its name was inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s ambitious goal to put a man on the moon, the Moon Shots Program...

BY Nicholas Almanza

One of the first features you notice about Travis Arnold is his wide smile. And, Travis has every reason to beam. He graduated this past May...

BY Holly Easley

What an exciting year this has been! On April 17, 2017, I celebrated my 62nd birthday. About a month later, I celebrated my 6th. Confused?...

BY Devon Carter

Your doctor may recommend that you undergo a stem cell transplant if you’ve been diagnosed with a blood cancer, such as leukemia, lymphoma...

BY Devon Carter

A stem cell transplant is often the best option to treat blood cancers, such as leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma, as well as bone marrow...

BY Ashley D. Inselman

My oldest daughter, Josey, had had low platelet counts since she was born, but the doctors always said it was nothing serious. When Josey...