U.S. woman gets new lease on life after leukemia treatment in Taiwan

Focus Taiwan
Date: 09/17/2020
By: Chang Ming-hsuan and Ko Lin

The patient (left) at Taipei Veterans General Hospital/ Photo courtesy of the hospital

Taipei, Sept. 17 (CNA) An American national suffering from acute myeloid leukemia, a type of cancer that starts in the blood-forming cells of the bone marrow, recently received a new lease on life after successfully seeking treatment at Taipei Veterans General Hospital (TVGH) in Taiwan.

The 38-year-old patient had her treatment for leukemia cut short at a hospital in Beijing, China in February as the country focused on combating the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

Just as she was about to receive her bone marrow transplant, the hospital announced that all such treatment was indefinitely suspended as a result of COVID-19, Taipei veterans hospital said, without disclosing the name of the patient.

As a result, the woman's only chance was to seek help outside China.    [FULL  STORY]

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