years before it's been developed further and it
becomes afordable to all, but it's a massive step in the
drug,” and trains them to recognize and attack the
disease. It is part of the rapidly growing field of immunotherapy that bolsters the immune system
through drugs and other therapies and has, in some
cases, led to long remissions and possibly even cures.
the first-ever treatment that genetically alters a patient’s own
cells to fight cancer, a milestone that is expected to transform
treatment in the coming years.
approved for children and young adults for an aggressive type
of leukemia — B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia — that has
resisted standard treatment or relapsed. The F.D.A. called the
disease “devastating and deadly” and said the new treatment
fills an “unmet need.”
gene therapies for other types of cancers, and experts expect
more approvals in the near future. Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the F.D.A.
commissioner, said that more than 550 types of experimental
gene therapy were being studied.
have life-threatening side effects, including dangerous drops
in blood pressure, the F.D.A. is requiring that hospitals and
doctors be specially trained and certified to administer it,
and that they stock a certain drug needed to quell severe