B.C. to provide CAR T-cell therapy to some leukemia, lymphoma patients – CTV

March 11, 2024

Up to 25 cancer patients in B.C. will soon have access to a form of immunotherapy officials described as a “miracle of modern science and medicine” at a news conference Sunday.

Premier David Eby and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced that 20 adults and five children with some advanced forms or leukemia and lymphoma will be eligible to access chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy in Vancouver – something that was previously only available through clinical trials or by travelling out of province.

“By improving access to CAR T-cell therapy, we’re bringing this new life-saving treatment closer to home for patients with some advanced blood cancers who are no longer responding to conventional treatments,” said Dr. Kim Chi, BC Cancer’s chief medical officer, in a statement.

“This announcement and these new investments will help us expand and improve specialized treatments and diagnostics and make a meaningful difference in the lives of people with cancer and those who love them.”

Read more: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/b-c-to-provide-car-t-cell-therapy-to-some-leukemia-lymphoma-patients-1.6801915

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