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Stem cells used to treat leukaemia in toddler Arlo

Stem cell donation is vital Toddler Arlo Brown was diagnosed with the rare blood cancer myelomonocytic leukaemia in April. Seriously ill, he underwent a stem cell transplant in August. He is still very poorly but according to recent newspaper reports, is showing signs of recovery, although he relies on regular blood transfusions and a tube […]

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September is blood cancer awareness month

Cord blood transplants provide an opportunity for a cure from blood cancer with siblings offering the best chance of finding a match September marks Blood Cancer Awareness Month. Every year, more than 2,000 people in the UK with a blood cancer or blood disorder are in need of a potentially lifesaving blood stem cell donation […]

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Making the most of umbilical cord blood

Scientists can now multiply, or ‘expand’ the stem cells in cord blood, offering the best regenerative treatment for blood cancer yet. A paper published in The Lancet this week may transform the way blood cancer is treated, greatly improving patient outcomes. Why isn’t cord blood used for more stem cell transplants? More than 100,000 patients […]

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9 years old and cancer-free thanks to life-saving umbilical cord stem cell transplant

Jenson has lived half his young life with cancer. Diagnosed with lymphoma aged 4 and then with leukaemia aged 7, it’s impossible to imagine how the Wright family must feel reading today’s news that their son is cancer-free. Just 6 weeks after completing 3 years of chemotherapy in October 2016, Jenson’s family learnt that cancer had […]

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Lung cancer stem cell therapy to be trialled in UK

Article from The Guardian, 2015 British patients will be the first in the world to receive a pioneering cell therapy that scientists hope will transform the treatment of lung cancer. The treatment uses stem cells taken from bone marrow that have been genetically modified to find and destroy cancer cells. If successful, the treatment would […]

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9 year old with high-risk leukaemia successfully treated with cord blood stem cells

Report from ABC News, 2015 “Washington girl is celebrating being cancer-free after she was diagnosed with high-risk leukaemia at just 9 years old. When doctors failed to find a traditional bone marrow or stem cell donor for transplant, they turned to stem cells taken from donated umbilical cords to try and save her life. Jenna […]

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‘Natural killer cells’ breakthrough could ‘double’ the effect of a lifesaving cord blood transplant 

A research breakthrough by scientists at the blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan could lead to better outcomes for patients having stem cell transplants using umbilical cord blood. The team has found a simple way of activating the natural killer cells in cord blood units to potentially double the effects of the stem cells in the […]

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Random stem cell donor helps child leukaemia patient

One-year-old leukemia patient Ana Elena’s 1 in 100 thousand chance of finding a stem cell donor, has become a reality. Her parents received the fantastic news on Friday – a perfect match for the Breda toddler has been found in the world donor bank. “I can not sleep for joy”, mother Carolina Borges told newspaper […]

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Umbilical blood cells kill cancer quicker than adult stem cells

Immature but deadly. Immune cells in fetal blood are better at destroying leukaemia cells than adult stem cells, tests in mice suggest. The results are a surprise because foetal immune cells haven’t had the lifelong “training” that adult immune cells have had, yet they still seem to recognise and destroy abnormal cells. People with blood […]

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