How does CAR T work? In short, cancer cells are able to mask themselves from a patients’s T cells, which are the cells that fight and kill cancer cells in the body. Through CAR T therapy, a patient’s blood is drawn and the T cells are isolated and engineered to recognize a specific antigen (i.e., a protein) on the surface of the cancer cells. Those modified T cells are then reintroduced into the patient’s body where they can multiply naturally and once again recognize and target the specific cancer cells.
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