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Researchers have developed a breakthrough in cancer treatment known as chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy. This promising form of immunotherapy attacks cancerous cells in the body. In 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first CAR T-cell treatments for patients with specific types of leukemia and lymphoma.

What is CAR T-cell therapy?

Immunotherapy [...]

By uclahealth • October 7, 2019

In 2015, ESPN reporter Holly Row was diagnosed with desmoplastic melanoma, a rare, fast-spreading form of skin cancer. After a first surgery, she enrolled in a UCLA clinical trial led by Dr. Antoni Ribas testing a new approach [...]

By uclahealth • July 18, 2019

When the California Center for Rare Diseases at UCLA opens its doors, it will become a destination of hope for patients and their families who have struggled to find a diagnosis and treatment for [...]

By uclahealth • June 4, 2019
Clinical trials are research studies that seek to find an answer to specific questions about a condition or disease. They are highly regulated, making them a safer and faster way for researchers to prevent, diagnose and treat illness in humans. When you participate in a clinical trial, you [...]
By uclahealth • August 8, 2018
On June 15, 2017 I received a liver and kidney transplant at UCLA due to Polycystic Kidney and Polycystic Liver Disease. I knew for many years that as the disease progressed, it would result in kidney [...]
By selby1 • March 26, 2018
Dear Doctors: I keep reading about new cancer drugs that have been developed in clinical trials. What exactly is a clinical trial and how does it work? A clinical trial is a scientific study that looks into [...]
By Ask the Doctors • February 13, 2018
I met Dr. Rastogi years ago at a PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) awareness event, and it was clear from the start that he cared deeply for his patients. Dr. Rastogi has helped me enroll in multiple PKD [...]
By simonlewissimonlewis • September 7, 2017
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology in July suggests that as many as 15 percent of patients who undergo treatment for prostate cancer later regret the treatment they choose. Dr. Christopher Saigal, [...]
By Ryan Hatoum • August 18, 2017
When the lab results came back from my recent annual checkup, I found I had joined a club frequented by all-too-many of my fellow Baby Boomers.  My AC1 score – a standard test used to diagnose diabetes - had crept up to the
By Roxanne Moster • June 28, 2017
In May 2016 I received a stunning diagnosis of metastatic melanoma from UCLA's Dr. Bartosz Chmielowski and my oncologist in Santa Barbara, Dr. Mark Abate. These two amazing doctors agreed that I was a good candidate for the new miracle immunotherapy drugs, which activate one's [...]
By bryantinsb • April 13, 2017