City of Hope hospital and research center in Duarte (Los Angeles County) is pioneering a new way to treat cancer that involves genetically modifying a patient’s own immune system so it can better detect and attack tumors.
Clinical trials are still in early stages, but the approach is catching on and could be a big step forward for the field.
Patient Cherie Payne was part of an experimental study to test the procedure. She was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer known as mantle cell lymphoma in the summer of 2013. By the time doctors discovered it, the cancer had spread to 60 percent of her bone marrow.
At first, she panicked. But the 63-year-old native Angeleno quickly changed her perspective.