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PostSubject: New leukemia therapy destroys cancer by turning blood cells into "assassins"   Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:18 am

This looks promising. I just hope that there is a way to control the cells so they don't turn on the body itself.


August 11, 2011 9:50 AM
New leukemia therapy destroys cancer by turning blood cells into "assassins"

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Ryan Jaslow
(CBS/AP) A new leukemia treatment has experts buzzing over a possible cure that may one day change cancer treatment forever.

How does it work? According to experts, the treatment is a gene therapy that turns a patient's own blood cells into assassins that tracks down and destroys cancer cells.

They've only tested it in three patients so far, but the results were noteworthy. Two patients appear cancer-free a year after treatment, and the third patient still has some cancer but is improved.

"It worked great," said study author Dr. Carl June, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. "We were surprised it worked as well as it did."

Currently, the only hope for a cure is bone marrow or stem cell transplants, which don't always work and can be fatal.

Scientists have been trying for years to find ways to boost the immune system's cancer-fighting ability. Earlier attempts at genetically modifying T-cells, our "bloodstream soldiers," have had limited success -the modified cells didn't reproduce well and quickly vanished.
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PostSubject: Re: New leukemia therapy destroys cancer by turning blood cells into "assassins"   Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:55 am

Great news!!!!!! But point of order........"assassins" is what got your attention......right?
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PostSubject: Re: New leukemia therapy destroys cancer by turning blood cells into "assassins"   Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:28 am

Guilty!!!!!!!!!!!

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Does sound good, doesn't it?
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PostSubject: Re: New leukemia therapy destroys cancer by turning blood cells into "assassins"   Thu Aug 11, 2011 3:43 pm

Oh please, oh please, let it work. Please

It blows my mind that they can turn blood cells into something else. It sounds unbelievable except for the fact it's true.
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PostSubject: Re: New leukemia therapy destroys cancer by turning blood cells into "assassins"   Thu Aug 11, 2011 3:47 pm

Yeah, wouldn't you just love to see St. Judes close the doors because they are not needed anymore!!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: New leukemia therapy destroys cancer by turning blood cells into "assassins"   Thu Aug 11, 2011 3:48 pm

Ubu wrote:
Yeah, wouldn't you just love to see St. Judes close the doors because they are not needed anymore!!!!!
That would be a miracle. I do hope it works.
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PostSubject: Re: New leukemia therapy destroys cancer by turning blood cells into "assassins"   Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:30 pm

Praying this new development, if not totally successful, at least opens the door to the discovery of a cure. Lost a cousin last month to leukemia. He was treated at UAB, Duke U Hospital for nearly a year of stem cell treatment (has anyone heard of stem cell success?) then back to UAB where he died a little over a year after diagnosis. His parents lost their only other child, another son to heart failure less than 3 yrs. ago. God's grace is providing them strength to get up each day and function. On the other hand, the child of friends, after years of treatment at St. Jude, is now cancer free for 4 years following extensive and years of treatment.
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