CAR-T cells, the newest generation of cancer therapy!
Dr. Natasha Kekre
I’m a hematologist in Ottawa with 75% of my time dedicated to research. I have spent much of this time working to bring CAR-T cells to Ottawa, which is a therapy that takes T cells (part of a patient's immune system) from a patient and arms it against the patient’s cancer cells. This remarkable new immune therapy for cancer has had amazing results in patients with bad blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma who have no other options. We are also starting to see results in patients with other cancers. Unlike standard drug therapy, this treatment is complex, with a very intricate manufacturing process. Treating these patients is much like a bone marrow transplant, my specialty, so we have to follow patients closely after treatment.
Stefany Dupont, one of my patients, needed this therapy before it was available in Ottawa. She had no options, and now after receiving this treatment, she has been cancer-free for over one year! Check out her story at: https://ohfoundation.ca/our-supporters/car-t-cell-therapy%E2%80%94new-hope-when-standard-cancer-treatments-fail
I have teamed up with Dr. Arleigh McCurdy to dance our butts off this year and win that trophy!
Help me win the Medicine Ball and make a donation in support of The Ottawa Hospital!
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