Professor Persis J Amrolia - Leads Leukaemia breakthrough for kids in UK
Our very own Professor Persis Amrolia featured in the Jame Jamshed and UK national papers. The following is an excert from the Sun. On behalf of the Zoroastrian community, ZTFE congratulates Professor Persis J Amrolia and his team.
A GROUNDBREAKING new treatment for leukaemia has left patients cancer free, medics have revealed.
Fourteen people with 'incurable' acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) were left with no trace of the disease after pioneering therapy at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Leukaemia is a type of blood cancer of cells in the bone marrow and attacks part of the immune systemCredit: Getty - ContributorThe treatment - a faster acting version of CAR-T therapy - harnesses the power of the body's immune system to fight the cancer cells.
It works by taking blood cells from the patient, before genetically modifying them in the lab - making them better at finding and destroying cancer cells.
The cells are then returned to the patient's bloodstream where they're able to fight the disease.
Medics at GOSH said after just three months 12 of the patients - who were mostly kids - were found to have no trace of cancer cells.
And five of them remain completely cancer free to this day.
Professor Persis Amrolia, the study’s chief investigator, said: "CAR-T therapy is a fantastic example of using the power of the immune system to specifically target cancer cells.
"While it doesn’t work for everyone, it can offer hope for those children who have run out of all other options.
"We’re just at the beginning of this new treatment and over the next few years, I hope we can refine it further to make it safer and more effective.
"The side-effects of CAR-T therapies can be severe, so we hope that this new technology can reduce the risk for patients.