Saudi medical team conducts new immunotherapy for Saudi girl with brain tumor and genetic disorder

A Saudi medical team has successfully used modern immunosuppressive therapy for a five year old Saudi girl with Glioblastoma. (Photo: King Fahd Medical City)
Updated 28 August 2018
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Saudi medical team conducts new immunotherapy for Saudi girl with brain tumor and genetic disorder

JEDDAH: A Saudi medical team has successfully used modern immunosuppressive therapy for a five year old Saudi girl with Glioblastoma, a grade 4 brain tumor known for being aggressive and very infiltrative.
The medical team from the King Fahd Medical City used the modern therapy after traditional methods such as surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy failed to treat her case.
The new technology, according to the Saudi Press Agency, has successfully treated the girl without experiencing immunotherapy complications.
Dr. Musa Alharbi, Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center a King Fahd Medical City, said the Saudi girl’s case was “very rare and the first of its kind in the Arab world.”
The girl suffers from constitutional mismatch repair deficiency syndrome, a hereditary cancer predisposition that typically presents in infancy, childhood or young adulthood.
Alharbi ensured that the girl’s situation was now stable.
He added that this study opens the prospects of clinical trials and encourages pursuing further cases of genetic tumors in the medical city to serve patients and their families.
The medical city will work in cooperation with the Department of Genomic Research, he said, which aims to develop a national program to examine genetic tumors to undergo early intervention in treatment, which will be the first of its kind in the region.
He noted that this study has been accepted by The Oncologist, a peer-reviewed monthly cancer medicine journal. It has also earned the recognition of several reviewers in international conferences in the United States.


UAE body lauds Saudi Arabia’s efforts at enhancing security

Updated 17 January 2019
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UAE body lauds Saudi Arabia’s efforts at enhancing security

  • “The Kingdom acts as a safety net for the Arab and Islamic worlds,” says Federal National Council chair

JEDDAH: A prominent member of the UAE Federal National Council (FNC) has praised the Kingdom’s efforts at enhancing security and development.

Amal Al-Qubaisi, FNC chairperson and speaker, met with members of the Saudi Shoura Council during a delegation visit to the UAE headed by Ahmed Al-Ghamdi, deputy chairman of the Saudi-Emirati Parliamentary Friendship Committee.

Al-Qubaisi reiterated that unity on various regional and international issues enhances security and stability.

“The Kingdom acts as a safety net for the Arab and Islamic worlds,” she said during a meeting at the FNC headquarters in Abu Dhabi. “King Salman is a father figure to both the Saudi and Emirati people.”

Al-Qubaisi said Saudi-Emirati strategic relations are reflected in coordination efforts between the Shoura Council and the FNC and commended the work of Shoura Council Chairman Abdullah Al-Asheikh.

Al-Ghamdi said strong fraternal relations between the two countries would strengthen regional unity and counter foreign actors attempting to sow the seeds of discord.

He also reiterated that the two nations share a common history, lineage and culture.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed ways that the council and FNC could enhance parliamentary relations.

The delegation also met with the Gulf Cooperation Council Parliamentary Friendship Group, which was headed by Mohammed Al-Ameri, chairman of the FNC Defense, Interior and Foreign Affairs Committee. FNC Secretary-General Ahmed Al-Dhaheri was also present at the meeting.

Delegation members also partially attended a regular FNC session, in which they got a glimpse into the council’s day-to-day operations.