NY Times Article “Breakthrough Experimental Treatment for Advanced Leukemia”
“Emma was near death from acute lymphoblastic leukemia but is now in remission after an experimental treatment at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The experiment, in April, used a disabled form of the virus that causes AIDS to reprogram Emma’s immune system genetically to kill cancer cells.”
A disabled form of the virus that causes AIDS was used to reprogram Emma’s immune system in order to kill her cancer cells. Three adults with Leukemia, who have also had the experimental treatment are now cancer free. However, the altered T cells do have a drawback: they destroy healthy B-cells as well as cancerous ones, leaving patients vulnerable to certain types of infections, so Emma and the other patients need regular treatments with immune globulins to prevent illnesses.
Click on the link above to read more about this amazing breakthrough in Science!