Aggressive form of leukemia ‘wiped out’ by genetically modified immune cell therapy

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Over the past five years, scientists have become good at taking out patients’ immune cells and tweaking them into a genetically modified drug that can hunt down cancer.

Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) is the most common kind of the blood cancer in adults, killing 1,000 people a year in Britain.

“Cure is a difficult word,” Dr. Gill said. “They’re not cured — we will know they are cured if they remain cancer-free for a long time. But the majority of patients have no detectable CLL left.”


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