An experimental gene therapy that turns a patient’s own blood cells into cancer killers worked in a major study, with more than one-third of very sick lymphoma patients showing no sign of disease six months after a single treatment, its maker said Tuesday.

In all, 82 percent of patients had their cancer shrink at least by half at some point in the study.

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  • Good news. I am 9 months cancer free after participating in the Juno CAR 17 trial for relapsed NHL. My chemo induced peripheral neuropathy has gotten much worse. Do you have any evidence from Kite relative to patients who started their trial with my problem and how their CIPN has been affected. I can not get any response from Juno when I tell City of Hope how bad my pain and leg and hand cramping has become. Keep the info coming. I talk to lots of patients at COH who have no idea these clinical trials are out there. Steve Kohn-San Diego

    • Steve, my son participated in JUNO’s CART-15 trial. Because of the neuropathy side effect he was unable to walk. But the doctor prescribed the right physical therapy for him and it helped a lot. email me for details at mlv7@hotmail.com

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