Israeli Doctors Treating Iranian Boy

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TEL AVIV, Israel - Israeli doctors are continuing their efforts to save the life of a 12-year-old Iranian cancer patient, brought to Israel from a Turkish hospital.

The boy, suffering from glioblastoma multiforme (GMB) an especially aggressive form of brain cancer, did not respond to nearly a year of treatment, which included surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy in Turkey.

The Israeli medical team has ruled out surgery in favor of a specially formulated chemotherapy.

"If he had been brought here directly a year ago, we probably could have improved his condition more, but not cured him," said Dr. Amos Tornen, head of the hemato-pediatric oncology department at Children's Hospital of Tel Hashomer Medical Center in Tel Aviv.

The Shin Bet (General Security Agency) granted permission for the boy and his father and grandmother to come to Israel for treatment.

After unsuccessful treatment at Iranian hospitals, the boy was sent to Turkey.

"We received him suddenly after being contacted from Turkey, with only partial medical records," Dr. Toren told The Jerusalem Post.

"The quality of two operations, radiotherapy and chemotherapy that he received in Iran was not high enough, and in Turkey they only performed an MRI scan. If I had known more about his condition, I would have told the parents all the details and let them decide if they should bring him here," he said.

The boy's family asked that details of their identity not be publicized for fear of repercussions when they return to Iran, for having sought treatment in Israel.

The medical center is footing the bill for his treatment.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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