Gene therapy said to have cured leukemia patient
Chinese doctors say they have cured a patient of leukemia using gene therapy.
The middle-aged woman was treated with CAR T therapy in a hospital, affiliated with the Chongqing-based Third Military Medical University.
“The cancer cells have disappeared from her body. She is the first patient who has been completely cured of the disease using gene therapy,” said Professor Qian Cheng, director of the hospital’s bio-treatment center.
The CAR T gene treatment uses modified T cells to fight the cancer cells. It is still in the clinical trial phase in China and has been carried out in fewer than 10 hospitals across the country.