Emma Whitehead, with her mother, Kari. Last spring, Emma was near death from acute lymphoblastic leukemia but is now in remission after an experimental treatment at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.    CreditJeff Swensen for The New York Times    

Emma Whitehead, with her mother, Kari. Last spring, Emma was near death from acute lymphoblastic leukemia but is now in remission after an experimental treatment at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.   CreditJeff Swensen for The New York Times 

 

“These T-cells are living drugs. With a pill, you take it, it’s eliminated from your body and you have to take it again.” But T-cells, he said, “could potentially be given only once, maybe only once or twice or three times.”

Beautiful story.   Emily Whitehead received an experimental CAR T treatment back in 2011 that saved her life and then, in 2018, wrote a tribute to Dr. June in Time magazine's 2018 Time 100 list (here).   More extensive article in NYTimes from 2012 (here).   Dr. June's page at University of Pennsylvania - Perelman School of Medicine (here)

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