Lifestyle Health and Wellbeing 06 Jun 2017 Doctors discover new ...

Doctors discover new kind of gene therapy to cure blood cancer

AP
Published Jun 6, 2017, 8:35 am IST
Updated Jun 6, 2017, 9:05 am IST
The path-breaking treatment had 100 percent success when tested on patients
The treatment called CAR-T (kar-T) therapy involves altering some of a patient's own blood cells in the lab to contain a gene that targets cancer. (Photo: Pixabay)
 The treatment called CAR-T (kar-T) therapy involves altering some of a patient's own blood cells in the lab to contain a gene that targets cancer. (Photo: Pixabay)

Chicago: Doctors are reporting unprecedented success from a new kind of cell and gene therapy for multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that's on the rise.

Although it's early and the study is small, 35 people, every patient responded to treatment and all but two were in some level of remission within two months.
In a second study of nearly two dozen patients, everyone above a certain dose responded.

 

Experts at an American Society of Clinical Oncology conference in Chicago, where the results were announced today, say it's rare for any treatment to have such success.

It's called CAR-T (kar-T) therapy, and involves altering some of a patient's own blood cells in the lab to contain a gene that targets cancer, and giving them back intravenously.

...




ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
-->