Cancer: Treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia could be on the horizon


Finding a cure for cancer can seem more like a utopian goal when looking at the disheartening statistics that are published each year. However, a pioneering cancer treatment is currently helping to save patients’ lives. This Morning’s Phillip Schofield expressed amazement at the results of a new study assessing the treatment’s impact.

Adults and children can get acute lymphoblastic leukaemia but it is most often diagnosed in younger people.

Emily, who had been given weeks to live when her leukaemia became resistant to conventional therapies, had the game-changing treatment at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the U.S. when she was six years old.

She is still cancer-free today.

First given in the NHS two years ago to children with a rare blood cancer, CAR T-cell therapy is now used to treat four forms of the disease — and more could follow.