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(Ed. Note- update- CAR T-cell therapy is being trialed as of 10/18) Multiple Myeloma (MM) is an incurable but treatable blood cancer. Oncology calls MM treatable because there is a long and growing list of FDA approved MM therapies. The article linked and excerpted below indicates that CAR-T cell therapy may be another of the long and growing list of MM therapies.
Several years of aggressive conventional therapies, including an autologous stem cell transplant put me into remission for only months. It was antineoplaston therapy from the Burzynski Research Institute that put me into complete remission. But that’s another blog post.More than most MMers I hope that CAR-T cell therapy results in permanent MM remission. But I’ll settle for most MMers achieving a long remission.
“A small trial conducted in China found that an experimental therapy using altered cells to recruit the body’s immune system to attack cancer can induce remission in most patients with advanced multiple myeloma, a blood plasma cancer…
CAR-T therapies require a complicated process of extracting immune system T cells from an individual patient, altering their DNA to sharpen their ability to spot and kill cancer cells, and infusing them back into the same patient…
…out of 19 trial patients followed for more than four months,
but the cancer did get worse in one of those patients.
Eighty five percent of trial patients experienced cytokine release syndrome (CRS), a potentially life-threatening inflammatory condition…Two people had severe CRS, but recovered after treatment with Actemra, an anti-inflammatory drug.”