SA girl (6) to receive groundbreaking new cancer treatment

Mia Cara Ferreira has been battling from acute lymphoblastic leukaemia since 2015 and relapsed earlier this year.

FILE: Mia Cara Ferreira. Picture: facebook.com

CAPE TOWN - A six-year-old South African girl will be the first from the African continent to undergo a new cancer treatment known as CAR T-cell (Chimeric antigen receptor) therapy.

Mia Cara Ferreira has been battling from acute lymphoblastic leukaemia since 2015 and relapsed earlier this year.

The child's father Joseph Ferreira says: “It would mean a lot more if the therapy could come to South Africa or Africa as a whole. We are desperately in need of something like this because there are many kids who relapse who don’t have access to this.”

Unlike conventional chemotherapy, CAR T-cell therapy is a gene-editing treatment by which the patient's own cells are harvested and re-engineered to act as ''killing machines'' within the body.

The process involves the modification of immune cells after which they are reintroduced to the body to attack and destroy cancer cells.

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Posted by HOPE for MIA CARA on Saturday, 2 December 2017

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)