Local research study could lead to cure for acute myeloid leukemia

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By Rose Egge

The majority of people diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) today cannot be cured, despite the aggressive therapies available. But a local researcher is working on a study that may help doctors learn more about the cells that cause leukemia so they can develop new treatments to destroy them.

AML is a blood cancer that grows very quickly. According to the American Cancer Society, 13,780 people in the United States were diagnosed with the disease this year and 10,200 died from it.

Dr. Roland Walter at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has been awarded $375,000 from the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation’s “A Award” for a study that could lead to more effective treatments of this devastating disease.

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