It’s a medical first that is making headlines around the world. Doctors in the UK have cured a teenage girl’s terminal cancer with a revolutionary treatment.
The 13-year-old girl, identified only as Alyssa, was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia last year. Doctors gave her just months to live. They tried chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, but her blood cancer did not respond. So doctors enrolled her in a clinical trial of a new treatment using genetically engineered immune cells from a healthy volunteer.
In 28 days, her cancer was in remission, allowing her to receive a second bone marrow transplant to restore her immune system. Six months later, doctors say she is doing well and back home receiving follow-up care. “Without this experimental treatment, Alyssa’s only option was palliative care,” the hospital said in a statement. Watch Alyssa explain her story here.