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FDA Approves First Gene Therapy

FDA Approves First Gene Therapy
August 30, 2017

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration made a historic announcement on August 30, 2017 making the first gene therapy available in the United States. The FDA approved Kymriah (tisagenlecleucel) for certain pediatric and young adult patients with a form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Scientists refer to Kymriah as a “living drug” because it involves using genetically modified immune cells from patients to attack their cancer. “We’re entering a new frontier in medical innovation with the ability to reprogram a patient’s own cells to attack a deadly cancer,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a written statement.

The treatment involves removing immune system cells known as T cells from each patient and genetically modifying the cells in the laboratory to attack and kill leukemia cells. The genetically modified cells are then infused back into patients. It’s also known as CAR-T cell therapy.

The treatment, which is also called CTL019, produced remission within three months in 83 percent of 63 pediatric and young adult patients. The patients had failed to respond to standard treatments or had suffered relapses.

Watch the news coverage in CNN video. Read the full press release by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration here.

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Craig Sager – Paragon of Perseverance

Craig Sager – Paragon of Perseverance
January 7, 2017

“Time is something that cannot be bought; it cannot be wagered with God; and it is not in endless supply. Time is simply how you live your life.” Wise words of a man who fought Leukemia all the way with his chin up and positive attitude.

Craig Sager is a well known reporter in National Basketball Association (NBA). He died on December 15, 2016. He is well known for his outlandishly garish outfits as well as the questions he asked coaches and players. The story of his fight against cancer is thought provoking. He is an epitome of optimistic outlook who faced his terminal illness with extreme courage. He was aptly awarded Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPY Awards.

Here are the videos of his interview featured in Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on HBO and his inspiring speech at ESPY Awards show. This is his take on fighting cancer: “The way you think influences the way you feel and the way you feel determines how you act.”

These are words that all of us should definitely live by in our lives.

 

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Charlie Brown to the Rescue!

Charlie Brown to the Rescue!
August 1, 2016

Does your friend or a family member have cancer and you do not know how to explain what cancer is to a toddler in your house? Here is a Charlie Brown cartoon that explains it to the kids the way they can understand it. We have included the short version and the long version of the cartoon here. Long version is in two parts.

Even if you do not have anyone in the kith & kin suffering from cancer please encourage your youngsters learn about cancer. It might inspire them to become an Oncologist or get into research when they grow up to find an effective treatment or cure for the disease. In the meantime it might encourage them to volunteer to help those suffering from cancer.

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The Emperor of All Maladies

The Emperor of All Maladies
July 9, 2016

The book “The Emperor of All Maladies” by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee won Pulitzer Prize and was New York Times #1 best seller. An exhaustive account of cancer’s origins, The Emperor of All Maladies illustrates how modern treatments–multi-pronged chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, as well as preventative care–came into existence thanks to a century’s worth of research, trials, and small, essential breakthroughs around the globe. The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance but also of hubris, paternalism and misperception. The book is available for purchase in Amazon.

The book was made into a 3 part documentary and was produced by Ken Burns and directed by Barak Goodman. Episode 1 titled Magic Bullets, Episode 2 titled The Blind Men and Elephant and Episode 3 titled Finding the Achilles Heel were screened in March 2015 in PBS. You can learn about these very informative episodes online at http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/cancer-emperor-of-all-maladies/home/ and http://cancerfilms.org/. You can also watch full episodes at http://www.pbs.org/video/2365450686/.

Note: PBS has removed these videos and they are no longer available.

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TED Videos on Cancer

TED Videos on Cancer
March 20, 2016

It is well known that TED (www.ted.com) is devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talk. Most of the lectures are focused on Technology, Entertainment and Design, and hence known as TED lectures.

We rounded up all the best TED lectures on cancer. These videos range from innovation in cancer research, riveting stories from cancer survivors and even ingenious approach about fighting cancer with Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi!

There are a total of 26 videos in this collection. Checkout these powerful and informative collection!

Click on the title to view the full post. When you are viewing the full post you can use the pagination at the bottom to navigate through the videos.

 

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World Cancer Day 2016

World Cancer Day 2016
February 2, 2016

February 4, 2016 is World Cancer Day. A truly global event taking place every year, World Cancer Day unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer. Taking place under the tagline ‘We can. I can.’, World Cancer Day 2016-2018 will explore how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer.

Just as cancer affects everyone in different ways, all people have the power to take various actions to reduce the impact that cancer has on individuals, families and communities.

World Cancer Day is a chance to reflect on what you can do, make a pledge and take action. Whatever you choose to do ‘We can. I can.’ make a difference to the fight against cancer.

For more information on World Cancer Day, please visit http://www.worldcancerday.org/. Watch 2016 World Cancer Day video.

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