A type of treatment in which a patient’s T cells (a type of immune system cell) are changed in the laboratory so they will attack cancer cells.
Large numbers of the CAR T cells are grown in the laboratory and given to the patient by infusion.
CAR T-cell therapy is being studied in the treatment of some types of cancer.
HOW MUCH DOES CAR T cells cost?
By some estimates, CAR T-cell therapy can cost as much as $375,000 for a one-time treatment, depending upon the cancer type and treatment regimen. That estimate does not include hospital stays and other related expenses.
What are the side effects of CAR T cell therapy?
What are the side effects of CAR T-cell therapy? The most common side effects seen are: Cytokine release syndrome, which is similar to flu-like symptoms (headache; fever; chills; severe nausea, vomiting, diarrhea; severe muscle or joint pain), shortness of breath, low blood pressure and fast heart rate.
Is car T therapy a cure?
Which types of cancer can CAR T-cell therapy treat currently? Currently, the FDA-approved CAR T-cell therapy products are used only for patients with adult B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia who have already been through two unsuccessful standard treatments.
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