Harness the immune system’s own fighting power
What if the cells that cancer affects could be trained to fight back? This is the core of cellular immunotherapy at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA). T cells — your immune system’s anti-infection troops — are taken from your body and multiplied in a lab. Sometimes they are also re-engineered to help the cells better fight cancer. The boosted cells are then returned to your body. Now better able to spot cancer cells that were once hidden, these T cells have the power to attack cancer.
Recently, the FDA has approved two cellular immunotherapies for patients with certain types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Tisagenlecleucel, known by the brand name Kymriah®, and axicabtagene ciloleucel (axi-cel), known by the brand name Yescarta®, are CAR T-cell therapies available only at certified treatment centers — and SCCA is one of the first centers in the nation to offer both. That’s because our physicians and nurses are some of the most experienced in the nation for delivering this type of groundbreaking therapy.
Collecting T cells
CAR T-cell therapy beings with the collection of the patient’s T cells, a type of white blood cell.