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.

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