MD Anderson wins approval for Child Brain cancer protocol

MD Anderson wins approval for Child Brain cancer protocol

The NOAH Protocol

The NOAH Protocol is the brain-child of MD Anderson in Texas. The NOAH protocol is so important, MD Anderson are claiming that children who have been told they have no hope for survival will finally get a chance at life. 

Dr. Laurence Cooper, lead researcher, said, “The ability to test the NOAH Protocol in patients is due to the sheer will of one mom, one little boy, and an incredible determination by the team at MD Anderson to prevent other children from suffering from brain cancer. This is the first big step.”

The NOAH Protocol stands for New Opportunity Advancing Hope, and is a ‘groundbreaking, advanced immunotherapy’ to treat children diagnosed with brain cancer. It involves taking NK (Natural Killer) cells out of the patient, introducing them to samples of the cancer cells so that they are activated, then returning them to the patient directly at the tumour site, via a ‘port’ implanted at the site of the tumour.

MD Anderson leads the way in child brain cancer

In a blast of honesty, MD Anderson’s PR release states that “Until this treatment, chemotherapy had to be administered in extremely high doses to the entire system so that it could breach the blood-brain barrier, a protective layer that surrounds the brain. Radiation is aimed at the entire brain, damaging healthy cells in the process and rendering younger patients who survive unable to read, tell time or tie their shoes".

For more information about The NOAH Protocol, visit The University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital website at

MD Anderson has also pioneered Proton Beam Therapy since 2006, reducing radiotherapy damage to children’s healthy brain cells during treatment.

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