New Gene Therapy Could Change Cancer Outcomes

New Gene Therapy Could Change Cancer Outcomes

( – Childhood cancer is among the most tragic health issues in existence today. Leukemia, the most common cancer that afflicts children and teens, frequently appears in youths with no underlying health conditions, and can sadly often be fatal. However, a newly-available therapy scientists have just produced could be about to change outcomes for kids in this position forever.

Alyssa, age 13, is a British girl who had initially been facing the prospect of medical care to relieve her symptoms after traditional treatments for her T-cell leukemia failed to cure her. After she relapsed, chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant both proved ineffective in treating her. However, a form of gene therapy called base editing, administered by a team of physicians at the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, England, managed to get her into remission for the past six months. This is the first time the treatment has succeeded in this way.

The good news doesn’t stop there. The team of doctors is in the process of lining up 10 other patients in a similar situation to Alyssa in hopes of curing them as well. If the therapy continues to work, they will roll it out more broadly. It may even have applications for patients with conditions other than T-cell leukemia.

What could the results of this exciting new therapy be for the world of medicine over the coming years?

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