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.


Formula E brings racing-themed roadshow to Jeddah

Updated 17 November 2018
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Formula E brings racing-themed roadshow to Jeddah

  • The Road to Ad Diriyah will give Jeddah a taste of the historical three-day festival of racing, live music, culture and entertainment that is set to take place in Ad Diriyah
  • More than 6,000 motorsport fans stormed to Khobar last week for the road show

DUBAI: After a successful run in Khobar last week, Road to Ad Diriyah, a racing-themed entertainment event, is set to visit Jeddah as the country gears up for all-electric street car-racing activities in December.
More than 6,000 motorsport fans stormed to Khobar last week for the road show, which featured racing-themed activities heralding the upcoming 2018 Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix on Dec. 13 to 15, a first-of-its-kind sporting event in the Middle East.
The Jeddah edition opens on Nov. 22, with most of the activities from the previous one, as well as an e-sports competition whose winner will take home SAR 1,000,000.


The ABB FIA Formula E Road to Ad Diriyah e-sports championship allows fans to command a SAR 250,000 professional racing simulator. The 16 best participants will then be invited to Ad Diriyah in December for the grand finals.
The Road to Ad Diriyah will give Jeddah a taste of what the historical three-day festival of racing, live music, culture and entertainment that is set to take place in Ad Diriyah will be like.
Bavaria Zaman, who visited the Khobar show with husband Rashid Khan and kids Nawal, Daiin and Nashin, said: “I think it’s fantastic. The kids are running around and having fun.”
The upcoming E-Prix is the first in a 10-year partnership between ABB FIA Formula E and the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia (GSA) and the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF).