What is CAR T-cell therapy?
CAR T-cell therapy is a form of immunotherapy that modifies the body’s immune cells, known as T-cells, to better identify and attack cancer cells.
How does CAR T-cell therapy work?
- Doctors collect a patient’s T-cells through a process called leukapheresis
- The T-cells are modified to include chimeric antigen receptors (CARs)
- The CAR T-cells are infused back into the patient’s bloodstream
- The CAR T-cells work to locate and destroy cancer cells throughout the body
Why is CAR T-cell therapy important?
- Targets cancer cells directly
- Offers hope for previously untreatable cancers
- Highly personalized to the patient’s specific cancer and immune system, improving its effectiveness
While CAR T-cell therapy has produced remarkable results, there are still risks and side effects associated with the treatment. Doctors continue to refine and improve the therapy with the ultimate goal of making it safer and more widely available. However, breakthroughs like CAR T-cell therapy offer hope in the fight against cancer and bring us closer to finding a cure.