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  • CAR T cell therapy uses the patient's own immune system to kill cancer cells.

  • In your body, T cells help us fight diseases like cancer. Normally, T cells

  • hook on to cancer cells and kill them but cancer cells can change. This makes

  • it so your body's T cells can no longer hook to them. In CAR T, doctors take

  • T cells from the patient's blood and add a new hook called a CAR. The new hook

  • matches the changed cancer cells. Together these are called CAR T cells.

  • CAR T cells can hook to and kill the changed cancer cells. CAR T is approved to

  • treat patients with two types of blood cancer: leukemia and non-hodgkin lymphoma.

  • If CAR T is right for you, we collect your T cells through a process called

  • apheresis. Your blood goes through a machine that separates and collects your

  • T cells. The rest of the blood goes back into your body. We send your collected

  • T cells to a lab where CAR hooks are attached. This turns them into CAR T cells.

  • Before you get your CAR T cells back, you will get chemotherapy to

  • prepare your body for treatment. When your CAR T cells come back from the lab

  • we put them back in your body through a vein. This happens in the hospital.

  • You will then stay in the hospital for about two weeks after getting your CAR T cells.

  • After you leave the hospital you need to stay within one hour of Huntsman Cancer Institute for 30 days.

  • This allows your care team to watch for and help you with any side effects.

CAR T cell therapy uses the patient's own immune system to kill cancer cells.

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CAR T Cell Therapy

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    Yu Chyi posted on 2020/01/14
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