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Young girl's 'cure' signals new path against cancer

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Emily Whitehead is kind of a big deal. At age seven, she is the only child to have beaten back leukemia with the help of a new treatment that turned her own immune cells into targeted cancer killers. 

Seven-year-old Emily Whitehead is shown at her home in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania in February 2013. Emily is the only child to have beaten back leukemia with the help of a new treatment that turned her own immune cells into targeted cancer killers.

She has been in remission for 11 months and is the first pediatric patient in a growing US trial that is showing signs of success after decades of research and now includes three other children and dozens of adults.

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