Research Type: Leukemia
Leukemia is the most common cancer in children and Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) accounts for approximately 5% of all childhood cancers. Current drug therapies are effective at killing AML cells but there is a high rate of recurrence after treatment. Researchers at the University of Guelph are investigating a compound, found in avocados, that could specifically target the cancer cells responsible for AML recurrence. Eating only one avocado per day could provide enough of this compound help lower the risk for recurrence of AML.