Gene therapy treatment has been used on a variety of children across the world to cure them of this form of leukemia. Even though they suffered from quite severe side effects, they were not life-threatening and, most importantly, these kids are cancer-free years on.
A family of the first child to have ever been treated this way, Emily Whitehead, were present at the FDA panel discussing whether or not to approve the treatment for conventional medical use. Apart from different testimonies, a key study showing that this technique pushes 82.5 percent of patients into remission was also considered.
The board was seemingly convinced that these gene remedies work where other treatments fail and that thousands of children’s lives will be saved if it’s accepted, so they unanimously recommended that it should be available. It’s now definite that the FDA leaders will green light the treatment.
Even though there are still questions about possibly risky long-term effects of the practice, this verdict is a landmark one, opening up a brand new world in the battle against cancer, and giving optimism to thousands of children around the world.