The search for a cure to leukemia has been an intense one for several years. But now, it's been revealed that doctors may be closer than ever before to finding out how to get rid of the horrible cancer.
Doctors at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital have claimed that they've successfully cured two babies of leukemia. The journal Science Translational Medicine described it as the first attempt to treat the cancer with genetically engineered immune cells--from a donor, rather from the babies' own cells.
According to Medical Daily, it's difficult to confirm that the babies were cured by this new treatment because both children also received chemotherapy in addition to the stem call treatment.
However, this story could point to a new chapter in cancer therapy. And if it truly cured the infants in question, this has the potential to save millions of people's lives.
After all, in 2016 alone, 58,320 Americans sadly passed away because of leukemia. Though current mainstream treatment can certainly help many people affected by the cancer, it can also increase a patient's chance of developing cancer again after a remission.
More good news? The engineered cells have not been shown to be carcinogenic, or having the potential to cause cancer.
While more research will likely be needed, this definitely sounds like an exciting start. We can't wait to hear about updates!