There is new hope for leukemia patients.
It is an old drug that may work wonders when given the right way.
Little Mya does not give her grandmother much rest, but grandma is not complaining.
Mya is one of the reasons Norma Eaton keeps fighting so hard.
She was diagnosed with leukemia ten years ago, but when drugs did not work, Oncologist Thomas Lin revealed a new plan of attack using an old drug called Flavopiridol.
In the eighties, Flavopiridol was given slowly, over 72 hours.
It did not work, so now, doctors are giving it faster.
Lin says, “The drug is very tightly bound to human proteins. So, if you give the drug by continuous infusion, you don't get a high enough level of the drug in the blood.”
Doctors at Ohio State found that if the drug is given by fast infusions and at much higher doses, it can kill leukemia cells.
Patients receive weekly treatments for four weeks, followed by two weeks off, for a total of 24 treatments.
This new treatment is now in clinical trials that may lead to its approval by the FDA.