ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new type of cancer treatment for children.
It’s called CAR T Cell Therapy and will be available at Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, where Washington University physician Dr. Armin Ghobadi specializes in treating leukemia.
“The CAR T cells, they find the cancer cells, and the cancer cells cannot hide anymore. They find and kill them and they are extremely effective,” he says.
Ghobadi says this treatment genetically engineers a patient’s own blood cells, turning them into assassins to seek and destroy childhood leukemia.