Baby Brother's Stem Cells can be Used for Treating Older Brothers' Cancer

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on  January 17, 2012 at 12:58 AM Genetics & Stem Cells News
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Stem cells harvested from an infant's umbilical cord may be used to save the life of the baby's 3-year old brother who is suffering from cancer.
 Baby Brother's Stem Cells can be Used for Treating Older Brothers' Cancer
Baby Brother's Stem Cells can be Used for Treating Older Brothers' Cancer

3-year old Nathan Shorey was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2010 and may need a stem cell transplant if his condition deteriorates. Fortunately the stem cells from the umbilical cord of his younger brother, Samuel, when tested were found to be a match.

Nathan developed a rash on his thighs and arm, so his mother took him to Wansbeck General Hospital. After a blood test and overnight stay at the hospital, Nathan was transferred to North Tyneside General Hospital where he was diagnosed with leukemia. For the first 6-months after the diagnosis he was in hospital for most of the time. However, he is now doing well and has 19-months of maintenance chemotherapy remaining at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.

Parents Melanie and Michael, now hope the stem cells can be used to treat Nathan's condition.

Source: Medindia

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