If you regularly recycle your plastics, papers and glass, you know they can be re-used for new purposes. You might be unaware, however, that smart research scientists can also recycle drugs, re-purposing them to treat other diseases.
In a partnership with the University of Kansas and the National Institutes of Health, LLS is testing auranofin, an arthritis drug, to treat patients with relapsed chronic lymphocytic leukemia. The collaboration is part of an aggressive effort to get new treatments to patients faster. Because the drug in this project was already FDA approved, scientists were able to move from animal studies to a Phase I trial for blood cancer patients in just one year! Helen Anbinder beat her CLL into remission twice thanks to a treatment developed by an LLS-funded researcher who her family supported. When her leukemia recurred a few years later, another new medication was waiting in the wings. Helen again credited LLS. "Research was progressing so quickly that I was able to be treated with a new drug combination that wasn't even available two years earlier." Researcher collaborations, novel combinations and new uses for existing drugs all give hope to people like Helen. And forward-thinking people like you who invest in research give hope to all cancer patients. If you haven't made a donation, please consider one, not someday, but today. Gratefully, John E. WalterPresident & CEO PS. We would like to honor every patient living with a blood cancer with a donation. Please donate in honor of one now.
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