Our newest podcast is about how households deal with most cancers, and the scientific progress serving to them by.
Austin was identified with a sort of blood most cancers known as acute lymphoblastic leukaemia when he was 2 years previous.
His therapy was very tough, however he recovered. Then his most cancers got here again.
The method began once more, with stronger medicine and unintended effects.
Once more, he recovered, and once more, a couple of years later, the most cancers got here again.
The painful cycle continued till Austin’s mother and father, Lou and Scott, discovered a trial for a brand new sort of most cancers therapy known as CAR-T cell therapy.
In 2016, scientists took some cells from Austin’s immune system. Dr Sara Ghorashian, from the Nice Ormond Road Institute of Youngster Well being, modified them so they might recognise most cancers cells as a menace. Then they have been put again into Austin’s physique.
Since then, Austin has been most cancers free. Now he’s even serving to researchers learn the way to make CAR-T cell remedy simpler.
Lou and Scott take us by Austin’s story, and Sara guides us by the science that has helped preserve it going. We additionally converse to Caroline Leek, a former scientist who specialises in supporting households affected by most cancers, about how specializing in enjoyable can assist adults and youngsters speak about painful and emotional experiences.
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