FDA Approves the First Immunotherapy Drug for Childhood Leukemia

FDA Approves the First Immunotherapy Drug for Childhood Leukemia

The FDA approved a new drug therapy for pediatric leukemia that uses immunotherapy, or the re-engineering of a person’s own T cells to enable them to fight cancer. “This therapy has been really so successful; 93 percent of children here on our trial with this therapy have gone into full remission. These are children who had previously been resistant to lots of different kinds of chemotherapy, so this is really an exciting result,” said Dr. Colleen Annesley, a pediatric oncologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

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