Research into blood cancer

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A GROUNDBREAKING treatment for blood cancer has moved a step closer thanks to research by scientists at The University of Sheffield.

Leading blood cancer charity Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research has awarded a £250,000 research grant to Dr Srdjan Vitovski from the medical school, to fund a three-year project exploring treatment for myeloma.

More than 3,500 people are diagnosed with myeloma each year in the UK, and the disease is incurable.

Chemotherapy or radiation remain the only treatment options, which often only temporarily halt tumour growth and produce numerous side effects.

But researchers in Sheffield have shown a natural human protein known as TRAIL, when combined with chemotherapy, can completely eradicate myeloma cells.