Gene therapy for myeloma

Tuesday 29 March 2022


A cell-based gene therapy for multiple myeloma has been recommended by the European Medicines Agency for patients with multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer that causes plasma cells to grow out of control. Symptoms can include bone fracture or even kidney failure. The drug, Carvykti (ciltacabtagene autoleucel), is a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell medicine consisting of a patient’s own immune cells which have been engineered to target and kill cancer cells.