We are all aware of the ongoing endeavors and commitment of the medical community to cure cancer. It’s a cure we are all waiting patiently for because cancer is a disease that touches everyone in one way or another.
Cancer touches so many lives that you would be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t been somehow affected by cancer. Thankfully, this recent case in Britain is giving us all hope.
It sounds more like a fairy tale than real life, but two babies with leukemia have been cured, WITHOUT chemotherapy. Instead, doctors used genetic engineering to cure the babies.
In their Science Translational Medicine journal paper, doctors from London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital detailed how they were able to treat two baby girls with genetically engineered immune cells which were provided by a donor. The results are incredible!
After a mere 28 days, neither child showed any signs of the acute lymphocytic leukemia that had once threatened them.
And still, a year post treatment, the girls have remained cancer-free. While similar treatments have been tested before, previously the cancer-killing cells had been donated from cancer patients. In this treatment, the cells were taken from healthy donors.
Not only is this a major breakthrough towards finding a cure, but this new method is reasonably affordable.
This “one-size-fits-all” cell engineering costs around $4,000 per dose, which, in comparison to other methods which can cost around $50,000 per dose, is a big reduction in costs to patients.
Whichever way you look at it, this treatment is a huge step forward!
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