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Emily Whitehead, shown with parents Tom and Kari Whitehead, was the first child treated with a groundbreaking immunotherapy for leukemia. She had a severe reaction, went into a coma and recovered only after getting a drug that suppressed the immune response. Today, she is cancer-free. (Sean Simmers for The Washington Post). One of the most promising new cancer treatments involves altering patients' own immune cells to attack blood cancers. But it comes with a big downside: It can cause serious side effects, including high fevers and sharp drops in blood pressure as well as potentially fatal brain swelling. Now researchers at two major cancer centers — Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Cent... Full story

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