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Novel cancer treatment wins endorsement of FDA advisers

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By: Laurie McGinley From: washingtonpost.com Food and Drug Administration advisers on Wednesday enthusiastically endorsed a first-of-its-kind cancer treatment that uses patients’ revved-up immune cells to fight the disease, concluding that the therapy’s benefits for desperately ill children far outweigh its potentially dangerous side effects. The unanimous recommendation from the Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee means the treatment could be approved by the FDA …

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Gene therapy to fight a blood cancer succeeds in major study

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By: Marilynn Marchione From: wsiltv.com An experimental gene therapy that turns a patient’s own blood cells into cancer killers worked in a major study, with more than one-third of very sick lymphoma patients showing no sign of disease six months after a single treatment, its maker said Tuesday. In all, 82 percent of patients had their cancer shrink at least …

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New safer gene therapy may reduce cancer risk: study

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By: PTI From: indianexpress.com Scientists have developed a new safer gene therapy that may reduce the risk of cancer and can be used for many blood diseases. Researchers at Washington State University in the US identified a way to reduce the development of cancer cells that are an infrequent but dangerous byproduct of gene therapy. They altered the way a …

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Oncology Leads Development in Promising Gene Therapy Pipeline, says GBI Research

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From: gbiresearch.com Despite few products having so far reached the market and captured strong revenues, the gene therapy pipeline remains large, with 906 products in active development across all stages. However, the majority of these remain in early steps of development, with 76% at either the Discovery or Preclinical stage, according to business intelligence provider GBI Research. The company’s latest …

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Cancer gene therapy advances

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By: Bradley J. Fikes utsandiego.com Tough blood cancers are responding to treatment with the patient’s own genetically engineered immune cells, according to a cancer specialist who is helping test the bold — and risky — approach. The treatment has produced complete remissions in large percentages of patients treated, up to 90 percent in one group of 30 patients. Moreover, these …

Scientists Use HIV to ‘Cure’ 2 Rare Genetic Diseases

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From Drugs.com Turning a medical foe into a therapeutic friend, Italian scientists say they used a piece of HIV to cure two rare genetic diseases affecting children. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. Gene therapy using the technique proved effective in three children with metachromatic leukodystrophy and three others with Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome. After three years of treatment, all of …