Industry stakeholders propose unified CAR T toxicity grading scale

Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapies and other new immune effector cell therapies are offering hope for many patients with relapsed and refractory leukemia, lymphoma and other blood cancers. However, these therapies also have known serious side effects, including cytokine release syndrome (CRS) and immune effector cell neurotoxicity syndrome (ICANS). Because the definitions and…

Reimbursement uncertainties hinder patient access to CAR-T therapies

The approval of CAR-T therapies Kymriah® and Yescarta® in late 2017 represented an enormous milestone for patients with leukemia, lymphoma, and other blood cancers. However, the ongoing uncertainty over reimbursement has made it difficult for patients to access the CAR-T treatments. Despite the months passed since the therapies were FDA approved, only some patients that…