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“Unprecedented” Breakthrough in Fighting Cancer with Genetically Engineered T-Cells

Originally posted on February 20, 2016

A new cancer therapy using patients’ own modified white blood cells to target cancer cells and remain in the body to protect it from future cancer tumor growth has scientists saying the breakthrough is “unprecedented in medicine.”

The news unfolded at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS 2016) in Washington, DC, with three international leaders in the field of cancer research: Prof. Dirk Busch of the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Prof. Chiara Bonini of the San Raffaele Scientific Institute, and Prof. Stanley Riddell of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

In one study presented at the meeting, 94% of study participants with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) had complete elimination of their symptoms after they were treated with the modified T-Cells.

In another study, more than 50% of participants with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma were symptom free, while 80% of them had a positive response.
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  1. Tina says:

    This is wonderful news for cancer patients! It’s also indicative of a new wave in the treatment of diseases, generally. I look forward to many more such breakthroughs.

    Since we are a political blog I think we Rush listeners should toot our horns a bit. Rush and his fans have been raising millions for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for a couple of decades now. Once a year he dedicates his show to raising funds and every year his audience gives more than they did the previous year.

  2. J. Soden says:

    Kudos to the researchers if this is successful!

    Wish they’d named it something else though, ’cause when I hear T-cells, I keep remembering the T-virus in the Resident Evil movies . . . .

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