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Novel biologic approaches to hematologic malignancies

  • Janice P. Dutcher
  • Peter H. Wiernik
Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR, volume 99)

Abstract

Normal hematopoiesis and lymphopoiesis are dependent upon the interactions of a broad array of endogenous cytokines that have both positive and negative influences on proliferation and differentiation of these tissues. Many hematologic malignancies demonstrate aberrant growth or differentiation or both, yet appear to retain their ability in part to respond to normal regulatory molecules. Therefore, over the course of the past 20 years, attempts have been made to utilize regulatory cytokines to control hematologic malignancies. In certain instances, such as interferon therapy for hairy cell leukemia, this attempt has been quite successful, and in other situations we are still exploring the possibilities. Nevertheless, there appears to be a potential for growth control if not disease eradication through the utilization of biologic therapy in hematologic malignancies.

Keywords

Multiple Myeloma Acute Myeloid Leukemia Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Myelodysplastic Syndrome Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia 
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