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    Breakthrough Against Leukemia

    It is hard to believe, but last spring Emma, then 6, was near death from leukemia. She had relapsed twice after chemotherapy, and doctors had run out of options.

    Desperate to save her, her parents sought an experimental treatment at the Childrenís Hospital of Philadelphia, one that had never before been tried in a child, or in anyone with the type of leukemia Emma had. The experiment, in April, used a disabled form of the virus that causes AIDS to reprogram Emmaís immune system genetically to kill cancer cells.

    The treatment very nearly killed her. But she emerged from it cancer-free, and about seven months later is still in complete remission. She is the first child and one of the first humans ever in whom new techniques have achieved a long-sought goal ó giving a patientís own immune system the lasting ability to fight cancer.

    Emma had been ill with acute lymphoblastic leukemia since 2010, when she was 5, said her parents, Kari and Tom. She is their only child.

    She is among just a dozen patients with advanced leukemia to have received the experimental treatment, which was developed at the University of Pennsylvania. Similar approaches are also being tried at other centers, including the National Cancer Institute and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/10/he...nted=all&_r=1&
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    Amazing. It's insane how far we've come against that disease within a matter of decades. Years even. I highly recommend the book Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee. A well written and informative book on the subject, as well as other cancers (Pulitzer winner too). It primarily focuses on leukemia, but the stuff on breast cancer is interesting as well, especially the history of treatment.

    http://www.amazon.com/Emperor-All-Ma.../dp/1439170916





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