SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Participates in Advanced Clinical Trials for Children with Leukemia

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Participates in Advanced Clinical Trials for Children with Leukemia

Physicians at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon are using genetic profiling for individual treatment of leukemia for better response to a child’s specific case. Focusing on the whole child, the provider has embraced advanced clinical trials to offer children with leukemia the full benefit of advances in therapies.

Advanced Treatments

Once example is the use of BLINCYTO (blinatumomab), a prescription medicine used to treat B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in patients who still have detectable traces of cancer after chemotherapy.  Blinatumomab, an immunologic therapy, was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2014, reports Fox2 Now St. Louis.

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital now uses this therapy not only in both relapsed pre-B acute lymphoblastic leukemia (the most common childhood cancer), but in addition, in clinical trials in some select patients as an initial therapy. The study is managed through the Children’s Oncology Group, an international cooperative organization targeting the advancement of pediatric cancer treatment.

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