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Researchers using new therapy to treat leukemia

Updated: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 |
(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Researchers are using a new experimental therapy for hard-to-treat leukemia.

Doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center are using gene therapy, where patients are given genetically modified versions of their own immune cells that are treated to destroy cancer cells.

16 patients in the study have a type of leukemia that has a high relapse rate, making it hard to treat.

After the gene therapy, 88 percent of patients are in remission.

Doctors hope to eventually use the therapy to treat breast and colon cancer.
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