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Ching-Hon Pui, M.D ., Dario Campana, M.D., Ph.D., Deqing Pei, M.S., W. Paul Bowman, M.D., John T. Sandlund, M.D., Sue C. Kaste, D.O., Raul C. Ribeiro, M.D., Jeffrey E. Rubnitz, M.D., Ph.D., Susana C. Raimondi, Ph.D., Mihaela Onciu, M.D., Elaine Coustan-Smith, M.S., Larry E. Kun, M.D., Sima Jeha, M.D., Cheng Cheng, Ph.D., Scott C. Howard, M.D., Vickey Simmons, R.N., Amy Bayles, C.P.N.P., Monika L. Metzger, M.D., James M. Boyett, Ph.D., Wing Leung, M.D., Ph.D., Rupert Handgretinger, M.D., James R. Downing, M.D., William E. Evans, Pharm.D., and Mary V. Relling, Pharm.D.: Treating Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia without Cranial Irradiation Clinical trials have yielded 5-year event-free of charge survival rates as high as 79 to 82 percent among children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia .1-3 A significant challenge is to reduce treatment-related past due effects, that may occur in a lot more than two thirds of long-term survivors.4 In an evergrowing proportion of patients, prophylactic cranial irradiation, once a standard treatment, has been replaced by intrathecal and systemic chemotherapy to lessen radiation-associated late complications such as second cancers, cognitive deficits, and endocrinopathy.4-8 Two pediatric scientific trials tested whether prophylactic cranial irradiation could possibly be completely omitted from treatment.9,10 Even though cumulative risks of isolated central nervous program relapse in these trials had been relatively low , event-free survival rates were only 68.4 percent and 60.7 percent, respectively.

Administration of other investigational biologic agents was not permitted during the 8 weeks before the baseline visit . Assessments of Disease Activity At screening and monthly follow-up visits, physicians assessed global disease activity and each of the following symptoms: urticarial rash, arthralgia, myalgia, headache or migraine, conjunctivitis, malaise or fatigue, and various other symptoms related or unrelated to CAPS. The evaluation was performed by using a 5-stage scale for disease activity: absent, minimal, gentle, moderate, or severe. Bloodstream samples were gathered to measure degrees of acute-phase reactants, C-reactive protein , and serum amyloid A protein and to assess hematologic and biochemical markers and immunogenicity.