The Supercharged White Blood Cells are Bring Injected to Fight Cancer

Supercharged White Blood Cells

Technologies that are being advanced in medical science continue to amaze. For example, the bag above includes white blood cells that were extracted from a patient and genetically altered at a laboratory. In hopes to cure the cancer.

This treatment is known at CAR T-Cell Immunotherapy, which was named as the “2017 & 2018 Advance of the Year” by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO):

In CAR (chimeric antigen receptor) T-cell therapy, a person’s T cells are removed and taken to a laboratory. The T cells are genetically changed so they will attack cancer cells. These CAR T cells are grown in large numbers and then injected into the patient. One of the remarkable things about this treatment is that it is a “living therapy.” CAR T cells typically have to be injected only once, because they go on to multiply in the body. CAR T cells continue fighting the cancer in the patient’s body, and their effectiveness may even grow over time. [source]

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