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New treatment for deadly blood cancers expected to be approved soon

Cancer doctors in St. Louis are ready to use a new therapy using a patient’s own blood to fight their disease.

The therapy, called CAR-T, for chimeric antigen receptor T-cell, involves removing immune cells from the blood, reprogramming them genetically to find and destroy cancer cells and then returning the immune cells to the patient. So far, the therapy has been tested on patients with hard-to-treat advanced blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma that kill more than 58,000 Americans a year.

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