PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Stand Up To Cancer is back in the spotlight. The show is returning to prime time this Friday on CBS to raise money and awareness for cancer research. 3 On Your Side Health Reporter Stephanie Stahl has more on how the money raised is helping leukemia patients right here in Philadelphia thanks to promising therapies.
Nora George is looking forward to growing old with her husband Anthony, and watching her grandchildren grow up.
But less than two years ago she wasn’t sure that would be possible, after doctors told her she had acute myeloid leukemia.
“He said Nora I would give you three months with this. And then it was just like, I just started crying because you have a family and all,” said Nora. She didn’t respond to standard treatment. But an experimental drug called SGI-110 gave her hope.
“We saw very early on some spectacular successes,” said Dr. Jean-Pierre Issa, researcher at the Fox Chase-Temple Bone Marrow Transplant Program. He along with Dr. Trish Kropf at the Program are testing the next generation of epigenetic therapy, using genes to fight cancer. It’s being funded by Stand Up To Cancer.
“We’re looking essentially to clean up the DNA, not just kill the cell. The need is huge, and the response has been dramatic,” said Dr. Kropf…