On Borrowed Time: New Clinical Trial for Children With Recurring Leukemia
Seattle Children's just launched a new immunotherapy trial for kids who were out of options. That could include 6-year-old Lucy who has been fighting leukemia for half of her life. Scientists at the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research, part of the Seattle Children's Research Institute, are scrambling to help children like Lucy. "We're creating new apps for the T-cells," said Dr. Michael Jensen, director of the Ben Towne Center. "It's kind of like software evolution where there's a bug in the program and you work out that bug and you have version 2.0. We're now at version 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 for childhood leukemia." In this latest version just launched, T-cells will have two targets on the cancer instead of one. It could be the method that saves Lucy's life.
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