This picture is of Emma Whitehead, a 7-year-old girl that had the new form of treatment. Emma is now in remission, or in other words a temporary recovery. This is an amazing feat considering her condition was nearly fatal before the new treatment. Emma is just one example of the amazing result/recovery from this new form of treatment.
This article explains a new form of treatment for acute types of Leukemia. It genetically alters a person's white blood cells and so far has been affective on the handful of patients that have gone through the procedure. The article states, "The treatment uses patients’ own T-cells, a type of white blood cell that normally fights viruses and cancer. The patient’s blood is run through a machine that extracts T-cells and returns the rest of the blood to the body. Researchers then do some genetic engineering: they use a disabled virus as a “vector” to carry new genetic material into the T cells, which reprograms them to recognize and kill any cell that carries a particular protein on its surface." This article goes on to explain a few others stories and about the treatment itself.
This article is very exciting to me. To think that new forms of treatment and procedures to help people fight leukemia, or any form of cancer, is being developed or tested, is a great stride in medical history. This story really hits home because a family that is very close to my family has a daughter that beat leukemia. Hunter was diagnosed on March 2, 2006 and had her last chemotherapy treatment on Mother's Day of 2008. She will be a 5 year survivor this May. She has been an inspiration to my family, as well as our entire community.