Advances in hematology – research that revolutionized patient care

Pol J Public Health 2015;125(1): 32-35

MAŁGORZATA WACH, MONIKA PODHORECKA, MARIA CIOCH, IWONA HUS, EWA WĄSIK-SZCZEPANEK, BOŻENA SOKOŁOWSKA, MAREK HUS

Department of Hematooncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation, Medical University of Lublin, Poland


DOI: 10.1515/pjph-2015-0019

Abstract

In the last decades, substantial strides have been made in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of blood diseases. The new drugs to be used in combination with cytostatic therapy have been developed, based on increased understanding of the biology of neoplasia. The diagnosis of several diseases is based exclusively on cytogenetic and molecular analysis which has become a part of routine diagnostic management. Moreover, molecular definition has allowed the introduction of therapy targeted at molecular change characteristic for a given disease. The introduction of novel agents for the treatment of hematological disorders has resulted in a great improvement in response rate and median survival.
The aim of this study is to show advances and possible future directions in the treatment of chosen hematological malignancies during the recent decades.

 

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Keywords

chronic lymphocytic leukemia, immunochemotherapy, monoclonal antibodies, multiple myeloma, proteasome inhibitors, immunomodulatory drugs, chronic myeloid leukemia, tyrosine kinase inhibitors, bone marrow transplantation.

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