I’ve heard CAR-T cell therapy is dangerous. Is it?
But, CAR-T cell therapy is becoming safer and safer. Nowadays, it is rare for a patient to need intensive care after CAR-T cell therapy, and some patients spend very little time in hospital afterwards.
Is CAR-T cell therapy only useful to treat leukaemia or lymphoma?
Since then, clinical trials of CAR-T cell therapy have shown it is useful against several other types of cancer, including myeloma, some sarcomas, and mesothelioma.
We expect more and more types of cancer will be treatable by CAR-T cells in future.
Is CAR-T cell therapy only for patients who have exhausted all other options?
CAR-T cell therapy may be more effective and safer if it is used earlier in the treatment of cancer – when patients’ white blood “T” cells are more robust, and they have fewer chronic side effects as a result of other therapies.
Is CAR-T cell therapy still too early in its clinical development to try?
Should CAR-T cell therapy only be done at major research centres in the USA?
But CAR-T cell therapy trials are now being done widely round the world, in many centres in the USA, in some in Europe, and in many in China and East Asia.
How do I know if my cancer might be suitable for CAR-T cell therapy?
ConnectGene can organise this testing on a (stored) biopsy sample of your cancer, and then guide you as to what the best CAR-T Cell therapy options may be, and where.
What should I do if my oncologist says I should stick with conventional therapy?
A second opinion may be provided by a close colleague of your oncologist – but they may not be truly independent, so it is sometimes better to seek an opinion elsewhere.
ConnectGene can arrange to provide a second opinion on your treatment options – not just CAR-T cell therapy but other experimental and conventional therapy options too.
Will I have to travel to receive CAR-T cell therapy?
What will the cost of CAR-T cell therapy be?
If CAR-T cell therapy is provided as part of an access program, there may be costs for the treatment itself, as well as supportive care, accommodation and travel.
ConnectGene can arrange with the CAR-T cell therapy centre to give you an estimate of the costs involved. But, if complications do occur, costs may turn out much higher.
What happens if CAR-T cell therapy does not work?
Patients who have had CAR-T cell therapy can also return to conventional therapy.