SAN DIEGO, Dec. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Despite major research advances over the last several decades that have helped deliver improved therapeutic options for leukemia, the condition remains deadly. Specialists are in need of new options to help diagnose the condition earlier and new therapies that will extend patients' lives. New research addressing important updates on the diagnosis and treatment of leukemia will be presented today at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology. 

"While recent discoveries during the past several decades have paved the way for a much better understanding of how the proteins affecting cancer cells can determine response or resistance to treatment, more progress needs to be made," said Martin S. Tallman, MD, moderator of the press conference and Chief of the Leukemia Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. "The abstracts discussed today represent important steps toward targeting these proteins with effective therapies that will make a meaningful difference in the lives of leukemia patients."

This press conference will take place on Saturday, December 10, at 9:30 a.m. PST.

Fractionated Doses of Gemtuzumab Ozogamicin (GO) Combined to Standard Chemotherapy (CT) Improve Event-Free and Overall Survival in Newly-Diagnosed De Novo AML Patients Aged 50-70 Years Old: A Prospective Randomized Phase 3 Trial from the Acute Leukemia French Association (ALFA) [Abstract 6]

Results from a Phase III clinical trial of monoclonal antibody gemtuzumab ozogamicin (GO) find that the investigational therapy may be a promising option when used in relatively low, frequently repeated doses in conjunction with standard chemotherapy to treat older adults with acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

Chemotherapy has long been the standard of care for induction in patients with AML, an