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New Gene Treatment Effective for Some Leukemia Patients

New Gene Treatment Effective for Some Leukemia Patients

A new way of genetically altering a patient’s cells to fight cancer has helped desperately ill people with leukemia when every other treatment had failed, researchers reported in the journal Nature Medicine. The new treatment differs in a major way: the T-cells are programmed to attack a different target on malignant cells, CD22. Researchers have been eager to test this type of T-cell. One reason is that they hoped to find that CD19 was not the only vulnerable target, says Dr. Crystal Mackall of Stanford University School of Medicine’s cancer institute and an author of the study. Mackall said a new T-cell treatment that attacks both targets at once is already being tested at Stanford. Last week, Seattle Children’s also opened a study of this combination treatment for children and young adults.

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