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.


Dead whale found on Asir beach

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Dead whale found on Asir beach

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture discovered the body of a humpback whale on the shore of Al-Qahmah Center Beach in Asir last Saturday.
The Director of the Fisheries Branch in Al-Qahmah, Ali Hamdi, said: “Immediately after we received a notification from the border guards about spotting a dead marine animal at the Al-Qahmah Center, five km away from the fishermen’s shore inside the sea, our field teams were dispersed to explore the spot and what sort of animal it was, as well as the cause of its death.”
He added: “We detected the species was a humpback whale, one of the largest marine organisms in the oceans, with its adults ranging in length from 12 to 16m and a circumference of between 4 and 6m. This specific whale is of the baleen species and can often be found in the Red Sea.
Hamdi said that the whales enter the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf by swimming next to the large ships and tankers coming in through the ocean, often losing their way there and suffocating through drought and the hot weather, or crashing against one of the engines of the large oil tankers.
An immediate committee of border guards and fisheries, along with personnel from the municipality of Al-Qahmah, was formed to get rid of the body by burying it according to the specialists in the fishery, about 10 meters from the beach and the parks.
The hunchback whale is known to weigh between 20 and 30 tons, and is also prone to taking extremely long journeys across oceans. It is one of the marine species that is famous for its long periods of fasting, going on for months during the hibernation season.
On Monday, the Red Sea Development Company announced that it was forming an advisory board to help develop plans for environmental protection, restoration of natural resources and to help expand the tourism sector by establishing a luxurious spot for lovers of nature and adventure.
The Environmental Affairs at the General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection is also working on marine-friendly initiatives, monitoring the environment and preventing water pollution.