Gene Therapy Shows Promise for Aggressive Lymphoma
By Margaret Farley Steele
An experimental gene therapy for aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma beat back more than a third of cancers that seemed untreatable, the therapy’s developers report.
Thirty-six percent of over 100 very ill lymphoma patients appeared disease-free six months after a single treatment, according to results released by the treatment’s maker, Kite Pharma of Santa Monica, Calif.
These patients had not responded to usual treatments and had no other options, Kite said Tuesday in a news release.
Overall, more than four out of five patients with the blood cancer saw their cancer reduced by more than half for at least part of the study, the company said.