A gene therapy that tweaks the immune system might offer hope to people with blood cancer that has resisted standard treatments, a new preliminary trial suggests.
The cancer, called multiple myeloma, arises in certain white blood cells. It is currently incurable, but there are treatments that can help people live with the disease for years.
However, most people eventually progress, and some fail to respond to the available therapies at all.
The new study involved 33 patients just like that: They’d typically had seven to eight rounds of various