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American Cancer Society grantee Andras Heczey, MD, is trying to adapt the technique known as CAR T-cell therapy to cure children with neuroblastoma by using natural killer T cells. He's trying the treatment for the first time in children in a phase 1 clinical trial.
The types of cancers that develop in children are often different from the types that develop in adults. Even when kids have a cancer type that adults get too, it is often treated differently.
With the success of the new drug, Kymriah, pediatric oncology researchers are trying to adapt CAR T-cell therapy to treat solid tumors, like neuroblastoma.