CAR-T Cell Therapy

"Now that we know so much more about tumors and the immune system, we can start utilizing our immune system in the context of gene therapy technology. That means the cell therapies we currently have are a proven principle."
Marilyn and Kevin Sittniewski have been together and married for more than three decades. Over the years, they’ve shared quite a lot, but they never expected to share leukemia.
For many types of pediatric cancers, the treatment that helps save a child’s life might also cause lifelong challenges. A revolutionary new kind of therapy might change all that.
Side effects may occur during or after treatment and may occur anywhere in the body and many side effects are treatable.
“This strategy will allow us to identify toxicity earlier, treat it and avoid long-term complications of prolonged immunosuppression."
Learn how the side effects of immunotherapy may differ from those of chemotherapy.

We’re entering a hopeful new era with the development of immunotherapies, which use the power of your own immune system to fight cancer. Here's an introduction to one type, called CAR T-cell therapy.