Immune System Trained To Kill Cancer
You've heard me about this time last year talking about my father-in-law going through an experimental treatment for leukemia and how he had a 100% turnaround(he's still in remission). Well, the treatment has been in the news lately. My FIL was on NBC Nightly News in August and now the NY Times has done an article on the treatment and he was interviewed:
An Immune System Trained to Kill Cancer
PHILADELPHIA — A year ago, when chemotherapy stopped working against his leukemia, William Ludwig signed up to be the first patient treated in a bold experiment at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Ludwig, then 65, a retired corrections officer from Bridgeton, N.J., felt his life draining away and thought he had nothing to lose.
Tiny magnetic beads force the larger T-cells to divide before they are infused into the patient.
Doctors removed a billion of his T-cells — a type of white blood cell that fights viruses and tumors — and gave them new genes that would program the cells to attack his cancer. Then the altered cells were dripped back into Mr. Ludwig’s veins.
At first, nothing happened. But after 10 days, hell broke loose in his hospital room. He began shaking with chills. His temperature shot up. His blood pressure shot down. He became so ill that doctors moved him into intensive care and warned that he might die. His family gathered at the hospital, fearing the worst.
A few weeks later, the fevers were gone. And so was the leukemia.
There was no trace of it anywhere — no leukemic cells in his blood or bone marrow, no more bulging lymph nodes on his CT scan. His doctors calculated that the treatment had killed off two pounds of cancer cells.
The rest at the link