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Stem Cell Transplantation for Pediatric Acute Leukemias

Presentation Description:  Survival after stem cell transplantation for children with acute leukemia has improved in recent years.  However, the increase in survival after SCT was not as impressive as the improvement in survival using chemotherapy only for upfront therapy for acute leukemias.  Furthermore, SCT is still associated with major long term toxicity that reduces quality of life in survivors. This presentation provided an overview of the outcomes of children with acute leukemias, particularly the most common type, acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in the last 2-3 decades.  Current and future perspectives on how to improve outcomes with less toxicity were also discussed.

Speaker:

Adam Gassas, MBChB, MSc, FRCP, DCH
Physician
Division of Haematology/oncology/Blood and Marrow Transplantation
The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON

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