Hope for Pediatric Leukemia Patients
Obesity makes fighting leukemia, a devastating disease on its own, even harder for pediatric patients. After chemotherapy, obese children with leukemia relapse 50% more often than their lean counterparts. Dr. Steven Mittelman wants to find out precisely why this happens and develop targeted interventions to save lives.
Dr. Mittelman observes the interactions of fat cells and leukemia cells to pinpoint multiple ways obesity and leukemia might interact in patients. As a physician-scientist, he also treats patients. Driven to heal as many children as possible, he leverages his clinical perspective to inform his mechanistic studies and translates his research findings into interventions that improve patient outcomes.