CAR T-Cell Therapy Showing Promise with Pleural Mesothelioma

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center continues its drive toward a future that may involve innovative CAR T-cell therapy as part of standard-of-care treatment for malignant pleural mesothelioma. The latest step was a clinical trial exploring a first-in-human, intrapleural-administered CAR T-cell therapy used in combination with pembrolizumab, a well-known immunotherapy drug also known by the brand name Keytruda. Results were impressive, including a 23.9-month median overall survival and an 83% one-year survival rate for patients. Cancer Discovery published the single-center study results July 15. “There is more work to be done, but what we saw was very encouraging,” thoracic surgeon and lead study author Dr. Prasad Adusumilli told The Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com. “We are moving forward.” Adusumilli, vice chair for translational research at Memorial Sloan Kettering, predicted years ago that CAR T-cell therapy would one day “change the paradigm of treating mesothelioma.” Nothing since has changed his mind. CAR T-Cell Therapy Helped by Pembrolizumab CAR T-cell therapy, also known as chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy, involves the laboratory reprogramming of a patient’s T cells, white blood cells that discourage infection and disease. In the laboratory, the cells are genetically modified to better recognize and fight the cancer. In the past, T-cell therapies have been effective only when treating blood...
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Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City has begun recruiting patients with pleural mesothelioma for its latest — and potentially most promising — clinical trial involving T-cell therapy. The novel study stems from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recent Investigational Drug Application approval of ATA2271, a chimeric antigen receptor known as CAR T-cell therapy. This latest therapy will be tested in a phase I, dose-escalation clinical trial. It will involve the removal and genetic modification of a patient’s T cells, a type of white blood cell, that will be separated in the la...
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A mesothelioma clinical trial involving genetically modified T cells has opened to considerable acclaim, shrinking tumors in the first five patients who were treated. The phase I portion of the clinical trial is designed to define the safety profile and optimal dosage level of TC-210, a novel immunotherapy targeting mesothelin, a cell-surface protein often overexpressed in several cancers. While T cell modifications in the laboratory are proving safe and well tolerated, the initial signs of consistent efficacy became an early bonus in phase I. Four of the patients treated had mesothelioma. The fifth had ovarian cancer. All...
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Malignant mesothelioma has become the latest deadly cancer linked directly to the rescue, recovery and cleanup efforts following the 9/11 terrorist attack on New York City in 2001. The long-running threat has come to fruition. Eighteen years after Manhattan was engulfed in the asbestos-laced, toxic cloud of dust — caused primarily by the World Trade Center destruction — the first death from pleural mesothelioma attributed to 9/11 has been recorded. Nick Ursta, 52, from the southwestern part of Pennsylvania, died after a year-long battle with the rare cancer. Ursta, a construction worker and fireman by trade, w...
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A promising and expensive type of immunotherapy, called CAR T-cell therapy, is now covered by Medicare. This news may affect mesothelioma patients in the future. Chimeric antigen receptor T-cell, or CAR T-cell, therapy involves the laboratory reprogramming of a patient’s T cells, which are a type of white blood cell responsible for protecting the body against infection and disease. The T cells are genetically modified to better recognize and attack cancer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the immunotherapy procedure for non-Hodgkin lymphoma and B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia. It is...
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President Donald Trump on Monday signed legislation that will extend the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund until 2092. During the signing ceremony at the White House, Trump was surrounding by first responders, survivors and family members of several who died in the 2001 terrorist attack on the United States. The U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S Senate voted overwhelmingly last week to approve the legislation that will provide a lifetime of assistance for victims and their families. The extension will allow the fund, first established in 2001, to pay for past and future medical claims of those effected by the...
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The U.S. Senate followed the House of Representatives on Tuesday and passed legislation that will extend the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund until 2092. The legislation will fund all current and future medical claims of those effected by the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, and United Flight 93, which crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The extension of funding will benefit victims who may develop mesothelioma linked to the more than 400 tons of asbestos that covered the 16-acre disaster zone after the twin towers fell. According to World Trade Center R...
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The Senate gallery erupted in applause from politicians and first responders on Tuesday after a 97-2 vote to extend the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund until 2092. The reauthorization will fund all current and future medical claims of those effected by the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, and United Flight 93, which crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The extension will allow victims and their families to file claims through 2090, but they will be paid out through 2092. The extension of funding will benefit victims who may develop mesothelioma linked to ...
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Sarah Cannon Research Institute in Nashville, Tennessee, and MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston have opened a much-anticipated clinical trial involving a novel T-cell therapy for patients with mesothelioma. The two institutions are establishing dosage levels and measuring efficacy of TC-210, a type of immunotherapy that targets mesothelin, a cell surface protein highly expressed in several cancers. The study also is open to patients with certain types of bile duct, ovarian and non-small cell lung cancer. Participation is based upon individual levels of mesothelin expression. Researchers at the two centers are hoping to ...
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