Experimental Treatment At City Of Hope Could Be Cure To Type 1 Diabetes

CBS Los Angeles

DUARTE (CBSLA.com) — Five months after Susan Weinberg’s wedding, her diabetes became so severe that even eight shots of insulin a day could not prevent a horrific car accident.

I was lucky I didn’t kill myself or kill someone else,” said Weinberg. Soon, her low blood sugar episodes knocked her unconscious daily. She couldn’t be left alone for years.

“I became a prisoner in my own body,” she said. “I never knew when it was happening, and I was always afraid.”

So afraid, she was willing to try something experimental. She became the first patient in a Type 1 diabetes clinical trial at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte.

Dr. Fouad Kandeel, an endocrinologist, gave Susan two islet-cell transplants, a short outpatient procedure, similar to an organ transplant, that replaces cells inside the patient’s pancreas. Continue reading