Children undergoing a pioneering new treatment at the Seattle Children’s Research Institute have an extra ally in their corner, a little bear wearing a purple cloak and mask who goes by the name of “T-Bear.”
The Therapeutic Cell Production Core (TCPC) are using the teddy bear alongside their new T-cell treatment for children who have relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). The treatment involves retrieving T-cells from the young patients and then “re-engineering” the cells so that they can recognize the cancer cells. These T-cells are then returned to the patient where they seek out the cancer cells to destroy them. So far, this treatment has a 93 percent success rate for complete remission.
When the children undergo the treatment they are given a “T-Bear” to comfort them during the sessions and provide a personal touch that families really appreciate. Find out more about the great work of the TCPC in this medical xpress article.
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