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Last Updated: 11/28/13

Leukemia SPOREs

Despite the fact that major advances in diagnosis and treatment were achieved in the last 50 years, especially in childhood leukemia, this group of diseases remains a serious medical problem. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2013 a total of 48,610 new cases will be diagnosed in the United States and that 23,720 people will die from the disease. There are currently more than 310,000 people living with, or in remission from, leukemia in the U.S. Leukemia takes a particularly heavy toll on younger Americans as it causes one-third of all cancer deaths in children and adolescents younger than 15 years. The incidence and mortality rates for leukemia have decreased slightly over the past 20 years. The first round of SPORE applications in Leukemia took place in 2002, with the subsequent award of the first Leukemia SPORE in 2003. Currently NCI funds three leukemia SPORE grants.

Ohio State University

John Byrd, M.D. [Click Here]
Division of Hematology
Department of Internal Medicine
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
320 West 10th Avenue
B302 Starling Loving Hall
Columbus, Ohio 43210
Tel: (614) 293-8330
Fax: (614) 293-7526

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University of Texas/MD Anderson

Hagop M. Kantarjian, M.D. [Click Here]
Professor and Chair
Department of Leukemia
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Blvd., Box 428
Houston, TX 77030
Phone: (713) 792-7025
Fax: (713) 794-4297

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Washington University

Daniel C. Link, M.D.
Dept of Medicine, Oncology Division
Washington University
613 Southwest Tower
Campus Box 8007
660 South Euclid Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110
Phone: (314) 362-8771
Fax: (314) 362-9333