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by Anonymous

10 August 2011 at 23:17

Possible brealthrough

I had to post this wonderful news, this could lead to a true advance and an effective therapy. Early days, could this be the one? Understand if it is it would be a very long time away
According to the results of this very small gene therapy/immunotherapy trial overseas:

"Scientists are reporting the first clear success with a new approach for treating leukemia — turning the patients' own blood cells into assassins that hunt and destroy their cancer cells."

 "It involved three  with very advanced cases of chronic lymphocytic leukemia, or CLL. The only hope for a cure now is bone marrow or stem cell transplants, which don't always work and carry a high risk "

 Dr. Walter J. Urba of the Providence Cancer Center in Portland, Ore., called the findings "pretty remarkable" but added a note of caution because of the size of the study.

"It's still just three patients. Three's better than one, but it's not 100," said Urba, one of the authors of an editorial on the research that appears in the New England Journal.

What happens long-term is key, he said: "What's it like a year from now, two years from now, for these patients."

From the New England journal:
Chimeric Antigen Receptor–Modified T Cells in Chronic Lymphoid Leukemia
From CLL Canada:

Highly Experimental - Modified T Cells Obliterate CLL Tumour Cells...

This is an highly experimental treatment of 3 CLL patients that transforms immune system cells into genetically engineered “serial killer” cells has produced dramatic results in three patients suffering from CLL.

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Tagged with: CLL , leukaemia

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