CAR-T Cell Therapy

A South African family was devastated when their daughter was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.  Since her diagnosis three years ago, 6-year-old Mia Cara has undergone months of intense chemotherapy, lumber punches, gruelling bone marrow biopsies, intramuscular injections and countless days and nights in and out of hospital. But in a major medical breakthrough in genetics, US scientists have developed a specialized gene therapy treatment, which uses the body’s own immune system to treat Leukaemia in children. This treatment was recently approved by the FDA and hundreds of children have been successfully treated worldwide. After undergoing the Car-T cell treatment, Mia Cara is now officially in remission. Carte Blanche follows her remarkable success story.

Producer: Anna Teichert

Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli