CANCER DRUG ROW Terminally ill children with leukaemia and adults battling lymphoma face being DENIED ‘cancer cure’ over pricing row
NICE, the NHS watchdog, is expected to reject new CAR-T treatments for cancer patients, saying they are not cost effective at £375,000 per patient.The new treatments re-engineer the patient’s immune system as a way to fight off the cancer. The technology has already...read more
A little girl who tragically lost her leg a few weeks ago due to leukaemia has received 2,000 birthday cards from strangers across the globe on her eight birthday. Jeanie-May, who turned eight on Monday, has been battling the cancer for the past year and had one...read more
Cord blood stem cell transplants have saved the lives of countless children—more than 40,000—because of a discovery made at Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) in the 1980s, but like most science, it’s not perfect. However, the discovery-maker himself, Dr....read more
TWO supermarket giants went head-to-head to help raise money so that a nine-year-old with leukaemia can go to Disneyworld in Florida. Staff from Minehead's Morrisons and Tesco's stores played out a thrilling 4-4 game in front of a large crowd at Minehead Recreation...read more
Eight-year-old Adrian Godeaux is giving back this season through a toy drive after a cord blood transplant to treat aplastic anaemia.
Adrian Godeaux remembers receiving a stuffed snake, his favorite of all the gifts given to him while he was a patient at the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Hospital Colorado. And now that the 8-year-old Coronado Elementary student is healthy, he...read more
The UK’s first clinical trial results using cord blood stem cells to treat blood cancer are presented.
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...read more
There's some exciting news for families who have children with cerebral palsy. A potential treatment using stem cells could be the first effective way to repair the parts of the brain damaged from the condition. The cells come from a child's own umbilical cord blood...read more
The first clinical trial on humans using plasma has indicated that the procedure appears safe and allows dementia patients to perform every day tasks, researchers say. But the scientists who conducted the trial cautioned that the results were based on just 18 people...read more
A team at Duke may have landed on a new application for umbilical cord blood—to improve motor skills in children with cerebral palsy. In a phase 2 trial involving 63 children, Joanne Kurtzberg and her team gave patients an infusion of their own cord blood that had...read more
Georgina Russell from Preston, near Manchester in the UK, was four months pregnant when she received the terrible news that her older brother, Ashley, had a rare, slow-growing form of the brain tumour, glioblastoma. Determined to help her brother in any way possible,...read more