Recent News: Blood & Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation

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Finding
Illustration of Enterococcus
Study in Mice Suggests Lactose in the Diet Feeds Dangerous Gut Bacteria When the Immune System Is Compromised
Lab mice who had lactose removed from their diets had a decreased risk of infection with the Enterococcus bacterium.
Roundup
2018
Top 10 Stories of 2018, Cancer Research Edition
Take a look back at some of the year’s biggest news in cancer research.
In the Lab
Cross sections of mouse femurs showing bone marrow after radiation and no drug (left) and after radiation plus drug (right).
Prostate Cancer Drug Could Protect Bone Marrow from Damage Caused by Radiation
Researchers are working on a novel method for addressing a common complication of cancer treatment — bone marrow suppression.
Announcement
Pediatric oncologist Kevin Curran with CAR T patient Esmeralda Pineda
FDA Approves First CAR T Cell Therapy for Leukemia
Children, teens, and young adults with leukemia that have stopped responding to chemotherapy are the first eligible to receive the new treatment.
In the Lab
Pictured: Joao Xavier & Eric Pamer
Identification of Beneficial Bacteria May Lead to New Treatment for Common Infection
<em>Clostridium difficile</em> infections are a growing problem, but MSK researchers are looking for innovative ways to prevent and treat them.
In the Lab
Pictured: Marcel van den Brink & Robert Jenq
Bacteria May Hold the Key to Preventing Dangerous Side Effect of Transplants
Research suggests that the presence of a type of bacteria called Blautia, which occurs naturally in the body, may prevent graft-versus-host disease, a potentially fatal side effect of bone marrow and stem cell transplants.
In the Clinic
Pictured: Joao Xavier and Eric Pamer
Two Memorial Sloan Kettering Studies Focus on Role of Antibiotics in Stem Cell Transplantation
New studies investigate how the use of antibiotics affects the balance of both harmful and beneficial bacteria in patients undergoing stem cell transplantation.
In the Lab
Pictured: T cells on surface on thymus
Study Points the Way for Future Therapy to Revive a Damaged Immune System
A recent study holds promise for the development of a new type of drug to alleviate immune deficiency caused by cancer treatment, radiation injury, or certain diseases.