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Gene Therapy Turns Several Leukemia Patients Cancer Free. Will It Work for Other Cancers, Too?

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posted on Jan, 6 2014 @ 09:43 PM
Yet another cancer curing treatment is up and running. Hopefully this time it wont get pushed aside and forgotten from society, due - most likely - to the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical business giants.

Good news nonetheless! Let's hope it stays!

A new cancer treatment pioneered at the University of Pennsylvania has generated a lot of excitement in the field in addition to a handful of breathless media reports. Called targeted cellular therapy, the approach has given several dozen patients what Laurence Cooper of the MD Anderson Cancer Center called “a Lazarus moment.”

The patients all suffered from lymphocytic leukemia and had exhausted other treatment options. The researchers, Carl June and David Porter, announced the results recently at the American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans.

“Those patients were facing certain death,” said Cooper, who wasn’t involved in the Penn study but is researching a similar treatment at MD Anderson.

After receiving targeted cellular therapy, 26 of 59 patients, including 19 children, are now cancer-free. Patients with the acute form of the cancer, which affects both children and adults, were especially likely to respond positively to treatment.

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Here's another excerpt that I found particularly impressive. It is astonishing how quickly the therapy was able to take effect. Now we only need to increase the number of successful patients.

Patient Doug Olson had long suffered from chronic lymphocytic leukemia, or CLL, when in 2010 he became one of the first patients to undergo targeted cellular therapy. A few weeks after his treatment, June and Porter could find no cancer cells in Olson’s body.

“The immune system eradicated his tumor. He had pounds — literally pounds — of tumor, and it went away in less than a week. It was an astonishing event that we saw,” June said in a Penn video.

More than 3 years later, Olson still shows no signs of CLL. Other early patients have also remained in remission, according to the doctors.

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posted on Jan, 6 2014 @ 09:58 PM
reply to post by Ghost147

44% complete recovery is an amazing hallmark, and should only improve from there.

This is a great story and made my day, S&F.


posted on Jan, 7 2014 @ 12:14 AM
reply to post by Ghost147

This is more of a bump, I am really surprised about these results seem to good to be true to me. Not saying this isnt true just being a little reserved in my belief.

Cant wait to hear more about this. Were there multiple sources?

edit: Never-mind this looks pretty legit.

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posted on Jan, 7 2014 @ 01:11 AM
Ah what exciting times we live in! Eventually there will be no amount of money that can withhold the advancements that the human spirit will continue to bring forth!! Thank you for sharing this!!! S&F

posted on Jan, 7 2014 @ 01:39 AM
Wish they would hurry. My brother succumbing to colon cancer. Only months left at best.

posted on Jan, 7 2014 @ 03:42 AM
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I am saddened to hear about what your brother is going through, I lost an Aunt to lukemia, which after chemo resulted in graft vs host, and then inevitably her liver failing because of the drug cocktail they had her on everyday. This is a thread I wish I would have known about, there is alot of info shared throughout the discussion.

I hope that you find information that can lead to your brothers recovery!
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