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.


First group of Sundanese pilgrims arrive in Jeddah

Updated 18 July 2019
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First group of Sundanese pilgrims arrive in Jeddah

  • Jeddah Islamic Port will receive pilgrims until Aug. 6 and more than 266 personnel will be involved in overseeing this year’s Hajj season
  • The president of the Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI) and other dock officials greeted 1,633 pilgrims as they disembarked at Jeddah Islamic Port following their voyage from Sawakin, Sudan

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has welcomed the first group of Sudanese Hajj pilgrims to arrive in the Kingdom by sea.
The president of the Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI), Saad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Khalb, and other dock officials greeted 1,633 pilgrims as they disembarked at Jeddah Islamic Port following their voyage from Sawakin in Sudan.
Al-Khalb said the operational plan prepared for this year’s Hajj aimed to receive 22,000 pilgrims through Jeddah Islamic Port, a 37 percent increase on 2018. He added that 22 trips using four ferries were planned, representing a 29 percent rise in the number of sea journeys on the previous year.
The authority, in cooperation with different government sectors and agencies, aims to ensure Hajj pilgrims’ comfort during their stay in the Kingdom.
Jeddah Islamic Port will receive pilgrims until Aug. 6 and more than 266 personnel will be involved in overseeing this year’s Hajj season. These workers will include maritime pilots, ship captains, technical and operational supervisors, security teams, staff responsible for operations at the station, and technical affairs managers.