Gene ther­apy said to have cured leukemia pa­tient

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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