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.


Salman Khan, Cuba Gooding Jr. to host discussions during Saudi Film Festival

Updated 21 March 2019
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Salman Khan, Cuba Gooding Jr. to host discussions during Saudi Film Festival

  • The six-day celebration of cinema is organized by the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts
  • The Sharqiah Season, the first of 11 Saudi seasons of entertainment, will run until the end of the month

DHAHRAN: As part of Sharqiah Season in the Eastern Province, the fifth Saudi Film Festival will feature Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. and Indian superstar Salman Khan.
The six-day celebration of cinema is organized by the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts (SASCA) in partnership with the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra).
Khan recently announced in a video message that he will visit Ithra on Sunday as a guest of the film festival.
“Hello Saudi Arabia, assalamu alaikum,” he said in the video. “See you at Ithra on the 24th of March, InshaAllah.”
The actor is best known for his performances in blockbuster Hindi flicks such as “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”, “Ek Tha Tiger” and its sequel “Tiger Zinda Hai.”
In “An Evening with the Stars,” Khan will talk about his lengthy Bollywood career as both a film star and a producer.
He has starred in more than 80 Bollywood films, and has produced more than 30 via his production company Salman Khan Films.
On Monday, Gooding Jr. will take to the stage to discuss his 30 years of experience as an actor.
The American is best known for his performances in “Jerry Maguire”, “A Few Good Men” and “Men of Honor.”
Gooding Jr. has played more than 85 roles over the course of his career. He won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Rod Tidwell in the 1996 film “Jerry Maguire.”
Tickets to both events, as well as for the film festival as a whole, are available on Ithra’s website.
The Sharqiah Season, the first of 11 Saudi seasons of entertainment, will run until the end of the month, with more than 83 activities in nine cities.