Experimental Gene Therapy - KTVN Channel 2 - Reno Tahoe News Weather, Video -

Experimental Gene Therapy

Posted: Updated:
  • Wendy Damonte's Health Watch ReportsMore>>

  • Request Remind Me 2 Kit

    Request a Remind Me 2 Kit

         More >>
  • National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Events Saturday

    National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Events Saturday

    Thursday, April 24 2014 9:55 PM EDT2014-04-25 01:55:02 GMT
    Local and federal agencies will once again partner together for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday.More >>
    Local and federal agencies will once again partner together for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday.
    More >>
  • Legalizing Marijuana Study

    Legalizing Marijuana Study

    Thursday, April 24 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-04-24 17:28:59 GMT
    A new study on marijuana is raising health concerns .. just as more states are legalizing the drug.More >>
    A new study on marijuana is raising health concerns .. just as more states are legalizing the drug.More >>

Father Dennis Billy's leukemia has been in remission for more than two years. He underwent what researchers are calling a groundbreaking new treatment at memorial sloan kettering cancer center.

"As my blood was filtering through the machine somehow part of my t-cells which are part of my blood, they were filtered out."

Doctors took the immune cells of patients and modified those cells so that they could recognize and destroy cancer cells. The result - 88% of the patients achieved complete remission.

"This is really one of the watershed moments where we find that actually can modulate the immune system to recognize cancer," says Dr. Renier Brentjens of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

All 16 patients in the study had a type of leukemia that is difficult to treat because there is a high relapse rate.

"When we infused these cells into the patients, these patients became sick as if they had a bad infection."

But once the cancer cells go away as they're being killed off by the immune system, that immune response goes away as well.

Father Billy's personalized t-cell treatment enabled him to have a successful bone marrow transplant.

"It's sort of like making medicine out of your own body."

He credits his remission to both his doctors and his faith.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.