A Fight against Leukemia

by RayM on March 16, 2015 - 9:52pm

On February 12th, 2015, there was an article in The Gazette called “Schreindorfer in New York for experimental leukemia trial” by Charlie Fidelman. This news article told the story of Matthew Schreindorfer, a 25-year-old leukemia patient from Laval, who got moved to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York for potential life-saving experimental therapy.

He was diagnosed last summer with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), which means that there are cancer cells that attack the production of healthy blood cells. Schreindorfer was not responding to the multiple rounds of aggressive chemotherapy, so he then opted for the experimental gene therapy, CART-19. This new experimental gene therapy convinces the patient’s immune system to eliminate its own cancer cells. If Schreindorfer responds well to this treatment, he will be eligible for a bone-marrow transplant, which is the best option for treating leukemia.

Unfortunately, the costs of this new clinical trial vary from $675,000 to $800,000. Schreindorfer’s family has already raised up to half of the money needed for his treatment because of fundraising and donations.

In fact, there are many organizations, such as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada, who organize multiple fundraising and awareness events to fight blood cancers. The money they fundraise offers lifesaving research, local support programs and educational information sessions.

For anyone who would want to show their support towards this cause, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada organize Light the Night Walks in many cities across Canada. During these Light the Night Walks, people are reunited to support this cause by walking around with lanterns in their hands. The white lanterns are for cancer survivors, the red ones are for the supporters and the gold ones are to remember someone who was defeated by blood cancer. In Montreal, the soonest Light the Night Walk is Saturday October 17th, 2015, at Parc Jean-Drapeau. For more information, here is their website: http://www.llscanada.org/#/

 

News article link: http://montrealgazette.com/news/schreindorfer-in-new-york-for-experiment...

Comments

As the united states does not have health care, the cost of health visiting the hospital can range from thousands of dollars. Obama is trying to bring in Obama care to provide health insurance to families all over america but it is still in progress. For now, patients are living off donations to help them with expenses of health care, which i don't find to be right. your article makes a good point, and I'm sure his new experiment will help with cancer patients eventually, and have thought of a great way of uniting the community with the walking lanterns to raise awareness. Money is not only an issue, but donating blood can also help patients who need it with cancer and is a small price to help others for free, we can all help. https://www.blood.ca

Scientific research advances and turns up trumps but there are two large-scale problems: the cost it requires, and the need for individuals « tests ». However, when you lose hope in the face of illness, that no treatment or chemotherapy have worked, you agree for trying experimental treatments ... In the US, Emma, a girl of 7 years who had a leukemia, had fought the evil with evil: in December 2012, the Pennsylvania researchers had inoculated her an attenuated form of AIDS to reprogram the immune system and destroy cancer cells. Since this success, there is a hope for medicine because of many prospects to treat other cancers. It is important to note however that the side effects may surface : fever, nausea, individuals who are more vulnerable and more susceptible to infections.