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A Bit of Good News For the New Year!

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  1. The Scarlet Pimp

    The Scarlet Pimp Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    A Breakthrough Against Leukemia

    PHILIPSBURG, Pa. ? Emma Whitehead has been bounding around the house lately, practicing somersaults and rugby-style tumbles that make her parents wince.

    It is hard to believe, but last spring Emma, then 6, was near death from leukemia. She had relapsed twice after chemotherapy, and doctors had run out of options.

    Desperate to save her, her parents sought an experimental treatment at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, one that had never before been tried in a child, or in anyone with the type of leukemia Emma had.

    The experiment, in April, used a disabled form of the virus that causes AIDS to reprogram Emma's immune system genetically to kill cancer cells.

    The treatment very nearly killed her. But she emerged from it cancer-free, and about seven months later is still in complete remission. She is the first child and one of the first humans ever in whom new techniques have achieved a long-sought goal -- giving a patient's own immune system the lasting ability to fight cancer.

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/10/health/a-breakthrough-against-leukemia-using-altered-t-cells.html
     
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    I saw this on the CBS news last night. Pretty amazing. Always fucking breaks my heart seeing a child with cancer so my thoughts are with her.
     
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    That must have been a painful treatment. Good thing she came out in the clear. May she have a very long and happy HEALTHY life.
     
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    God has got her back. Stay strong Emma :)
     
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    I am always amazed at the things Doctors can do and its cool that it is ever evolving
     
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    Saw it on news in UK as well. Glad she's beaten it. It is sickening to see kids ill like that.
     
  7. marusia

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    My daughter's doctor always told us she has a big head. Well, I've always thought since Mama (me) has a big head...and Daddy has a big head...then obviously baby has a good chance of having a big head too. She had to have an MRI just to make sure there wasn't anything wrong. When they did the test, they found that she has a cyst in the very center (inoperable) part of her brain. I almost fainted when I found out, but the Neurologist said it was more like a birth mark and that it shouldn't be a complication. Still...very scary.

    I could never imagine the pain these poor parents feel to know their sweet child has an illness with a terrible prognosis. Just thinking about it makes me tear up. I think any parent can agree. That is never anything someone wants to hear.