Scientists Reporting Success With New Cancer Treatment


CBS 2 DR. MAX GOMEZ HAS MORE ON HOW THIS REVOLUTIONARY TREATMENT IS DESTROYING CANCER. REPORTER: EMMA COLLINS LOOKS LIKE YOUR TYPICAL 16 YEAR OLD GIRL NOW BUT LESS THAN THREE YEARS AGO SHE WAS DYING OF CANCER. SEVEN-YEAR-OLD KAS’S SHAWN LONGHORN WAS FACING THE SAME FATE. YOU WERE GOOD, BRAVE. KASHAWN AND EMMA WERE BOTH BATTLING LEUKEMIA AND CHEMOTHERAPY AND RADIATION WEREN’T WORKING. BUT A GAME CHANGING EXPERIMENTAL CANCER TREATMENT THAT UTILIZES THE BODY’S OWN IMMUNE SYSTEM GAVE THEM A SECOND CHANCE. THE IMMUNE SYSTEMS DEVELOPED OVER MANY MANY MANY MILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF YEARS TO ACTUALLY GET RID OF THINGS THAT DON’T BELONG IN THE BODY. CANCER DOESN’T BELONG THERE. THE DIRECTOR OF IMMUNOTHERAPY AT THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF PHILADELPHIA. WHERE KASHAWN AND EMMA TOOK PART IN A CLINICAL TRIAL FOR THIS REVOLUTIONARY TREAT: WE COLLECT WHITE BLOOD CELLS FROM THE PATIENT THOSE INCLUDE T CELLS AND THOSE T CELLS GO TO A SPECIFIC PLACE WHERE THEY ARE MANUFACTURED, REPROGRAMMED, TO ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO ATTACK CANCER CELLS. THESE CELLS NOW CALLED CAR T CELLS ARE PUT BACK IN THE BODY SO DR. SHANNON MAUD, WHERE THEY MULTIPLY AND GET TO WORK. WHEN THEY FIND SOMETHING THEY RECOGNIZE, LIKE THE B CELL LEUKEMIA, THEY KILL THAT OFF. IF YOU HAD TOLD ME FIVE YEARS AGO HOW EFFECTIVE THEY WOULD BE, I WOULDN’T HAVE BELIEVED YOU. BETTER YET SOME OF THE T CELLS AS CHIEF OF ONCOLOGY DR. STEPHEN HUNGER MAY STICK AROUND TO FIGHT ANY RECURRENCE. THEY SAID HE WAS DOING GOOD AND THEY COULDN’T FIND ANY SIGNS OF LEUKEMIA. IT TOOK ONE T CELL TREATMENT TO PUT HIS CANCER INTO REMISSION. EVERYTHING WORKED OUT GOOD AND I’M HEALTHY. FOUR DAYS AFTER EMMA’S T CELL TREATMENT THERE WAS NO SIGN OF HER CANCER. OUT OF MANY MANY YEARS OF MANY PEOPLE DOING A LOT OF WORK TO COME TO THIS POINT, IT’S REALLY EXCITING. THE CAR T THERAPY IS EFFECTIVE MAINLY AGAINST LEUKEMIA AND LYMPHOMA BUT RESEARCHERS ARE WORKING TO USE IT AGAINST SO-CALLED SOLID TUMORS LIKE BREAST, COLON AND LUNG. WHILE NOT ALL PATIENTS HAVE THEIR CANCER DESTROYED THE TRIALS HAVE BEEN POSITIVE ENOUGH THE FDA IS EXPECTED TO