September is Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month in the United States. It’s a time set aside to highlight need for research and treatment for sickle cell disease, an inherited condition that affects millions of people around the world.
People with sickle cell disease have some red blood cells that are shaped like sickles or crescent moons. The disorder can cause episodes of pain, organ damage and shortened life spans.
Recent advances in medicine, including potential gene therapy treatments, have provided sickle cell disease patients with reasons for hope. Check out the video and links below for information on how the disease works, the challenges faced by people living with it and what CSL Behring is doing to help patients.
Podcast: Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes Tackles Sickle Cell Disease
Podcast: Growing Up With Sickle Cell Disease
Video: Advice for Young Sickle Cell Disease Patients
An All-Too Common Rare Disease – Interview With CSL Behring SCD Expert Gregory Kato