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10-year-old girl becomes first in Taiwan to fully recover from leukemia via CAR T-cell therapy

  • Ting-ting, a 10-year-old girl suffering from leukemia became the first in Taiwan to have been successfully treated with CD19 chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy, a new form of immunotherapy, at National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH).
  • CAR T-cell therapy became prominent in 2012 after 6-year-old American girl Emily Whitehead was successfully treated for her leukemia in a clinical trial.
  • Ting-ting, who was diagnosed with pediatric B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age 6, initially received targeted chemotherapy for three years.
  • When her leukemia recurred last year, her doctors recommended using CAR T-cell therapy, which involves the modification of the immune cells to make them attach to the specific cancer cell antigen.
  • Ting-ting’s cancer went into complete remission soon after she was infused with CD19 CAR T-cells.

A 10-year-old girl with leukemia became the first in Taiwan to have been successfully treated with a new form of immunotherapy. 

The patient, identified only as Ting-ting (亭亭), underwent CD19 chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy at the National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH).

Dad in China Tries to Sell Daughter For Money to Save Son with Cancer

A desperate Chinese father who has been trying to raise money to fund his sick son’s medical bills had his online crowdfunding accounts frozen after it was revealed that he was also trying to sell his young daughter.

The father, identified as Liang Yujia, drew public outrage after he was reportedly seen peddling his 3-year-old daughter for money on a street in Chengdu. The area is near the West China Second University Hospital of Sichuan University, where his son Cheng Cheng was being treated.

Woman’s ‘Joke’ She Would Marry for Cash Raises $125,000 to Save Sister With Leukemia

A devoted woman from China managed to exceed expected funds required for her younger sister’s leukemia treatment after she jokingly told the media that she would get married to help her pay the hospital bill.

Cui Qiao set a fundraising target of 500,000 yuan ($78,000) for her 14-year-old sister Cui Xiao’s cancer treatment with the help of the teenager’s school in Wuyi County in eastern China’s Zhejiang Province, according to The Paper.

Vietnamese-American Woman Denied Chance to Fight Leukemia Over Visa Situation Passes Away

Helen Huynh Sick

An Orange County, California family is mourning the loss of their mother, who passed away from leukemia last Friday — a tragic event which could have been avoided had the government given their situation the delicate care it deserved.

Helen Huynh, wife and mother of three, was diagnosed with the most aggressive form of leukemia in February 2017. Physicians at the UCI Medical Center believed the best course of treatment for her diagnosis would be stem-cell therapy. In their search for a donor, it was discovered that Huynh’s sister, Thuy, was a 100% match; the problem, however, was that Thuy lived in Vietman. Huynh’s children quickly arranged for their aunt to fly to the U.S. to save their mother’s life, but were barred from doing so at every turn by the U.S. government. By the time Thuy was able to enter the country and assist in the life-saving procedure, it was too late — Huynh was too weak to overcome the cancer, and subsequently passed away on January 26, 2018.

Biological Father Abandons Daughter Right Before Bone Marrow Transplant, Leaves Her Months to Live

An 18-year-old girl from China now only has a few months left to live after her biological father refused to show up for a bone marrow transplant to save her from leukemia.

University student Xinxin was first diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia three months ago after she collapsed during a military training, according to Chinese media Kan Kan News.

4-Year-Old Boy With Cancer Gets ‘Married’ to His Mother in China

In a very touching moment, a mother “married” her 4-year-old boy who is struggling to fight cancer in the town of Xinfa in Heilongjiang Province, northeast China on Nov. 1.

The 4-year-old boy, nicknamed Baobao, took center stage with his mother and father by his side. According to China Daily, the special wedding ceremony was prepared exactly two days after his fourth birthday.