T cells are white blood cells in the immune system that fight infection. In T-cell therapy, we take T cells from the child’s own blood. Using laboratory techniques, we reprogram the T cells to recognize cancer cells, and we grow the reprogrammed T cells into millions of cells. Then, we take the reprogrammed T cells and return them to the child’s body. Once in the body, the T cells seek out and destroy cancer cells without harming normal, healthy cells.
Our doctors hope T-cell therapy will transform care for some childhood cancers, making treatment more effective, in less time, with milder side effects. We develop clinical trials of novel therapies like this so we can continue to provide the highest level of care for each child.
Discover a World Without Childhood Cancer
Watch Dr. Michael Jensen describe this new immunotherapy treatment for childhood cancer.