Gok Wan said a new treatment that went into remission of his 13-year-old family member’s cancer was a “Christmas miracle”.
His fashion guru, best known for How To Look Good Naked, has previously spoken publicly about Alyssa, his cousin’s daughter, being diagnosed with leukemia.
The 48-year-old presenter told This Morning on Wednesday how she felt when she was chosen for a gene therapy treatment called Car-T cell therapy after various other treatments failed to help. get what.
He said: “You get the… the most terrible news about Alyssa and it just keeps getting worse and worse and worse after the treatment, the transplant and everything else, and then suddenly received news that science had indeed ‘cured” leukemia.
“It’s so shocking and shocking…You prepare for the worst because it becomes a way of dealing with what’s going on.”
Last year, he raised more than £50,000 for the Young Lives Vs Cancer charity by shaving his head live on the ITV programme.
Alyssa’s mother, Kiona, said: ‘A year and a half ago, Alyssa was diagnosed with leukemia which is very common in children but unfortunately conventional medicines did not work.
“She had chemotherapy, she had her first bone marrow transplant (and radiation) but to no avail.
“Nothing can get rid of leukemia…It’s been a really hard time…and we talked to the consultants and they said ‘the only option now is really now’ is palliative care’.
“They say ‘whatever we try now will be research or new. We cannot guarantee whether she will survive or whether it will work.”
When she wanted to try the treatment, Alyssa said: “If it doesn’t work for me it will help someone else, but it’s also another opportunity for me and even just doing it, it creates. make a difference to the world. , even if I don’t survive, then again, my life will have meaning.
The treatment uses the person’s own immune cells, called T cells, to kill cancer cells.
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Kiona added: “She is now completely cured of leukemia.”
She also said: “On the day of the transplant…they bring this tiny syringe and the transplant is in three minutes…and it has millions and millions of cells that will go in and fight the leukemia. her – which it did .
“It took 28 days…she was very weak (in the hospital during that time).
“(The paramedic then said) ‘we think we’ve got it all worked out, now she can have a second bone marrow transplant’.”
Wan said: “It’s just a miracle, you can’t think wild right?
“The success of this is phenomenal and it’s great for science because it means we’re walking and stepping and hopefully jumping in the right direction, because of course as we know there are millions of people, Millions of families around the world are going through what we went through as a family and this gives hope.”
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https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/gok-wan-hails-family-members-cancer-being-in-remission-as-christmas-miracle-42219374.html Gok Wan hails family member’s cancer remission as a Christmas miracle