Dr Rachael Hough, consultant in haematology and stem cell transplantation at UCL Hospitals, presented her results at a Sue Harris Trust event at the Royal Society of Medicine.
Those on the trial were diagnosed with advanced stages of various blood cancers and had a low chance of survival. However, as a result of the trial’s success, more than half are still alive after five years.
The Sue Harris Trust, a charity set up in memory of a Jewish woman who died suddenly at the age of 34, from myeloid leukaemia has successfully funded the UK’s first clinical trial using stem cells from umbilical cord blood to treat blood cancer.
A generous donation of £150,000 enabled Dr Hough to undertake her groundbreaking research. She praised the Jewish charity and explained that “without this funding, these trials would never have happened”.
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