Henry is on old medicines. That is, they were developed a long time ago. We’re lucky in that mostly they work. Over the years, their combination and use has been tested and tweaked.
And now Henry, as part of the clinical trial UKALL2011, is helping to tweak the treatment further. This trial is about reducing the levels of poison needed to beat this childhood cancer.
These treatments have long-lasting effects; so striving to improve them is hugely important. The idea is to make the rest of H’s life and the lives of future children with leukaemia better.
I’ve wondered for some time why the medicines have been around so long and why new treatments have not appeared. This documentary helps to explain.
I’m delighted the excellent BBC documentary team at File on 4 have shone a light on this. Now it’s time for politicians, mandarins and industrialists to act.