Patient stories.

“Cure is a big word and that’s been the goal from the beginning for cell and gene therapy. It wasn’t to hit lay-ups in basketball terms, it was to hit three-pointers.”

Carl H. June, MD
University of Pennsylvania

Patient Stories

Real people, real life, real success. 

Traditional cancer surgery, chemotherapy and radiation give patients precious moments but no long-term promise. Cancer cell and gene therapies are changing this by harnessing the power of a patient’s own immune system to destroy cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. These therapies work by adding, deleting or changing the DNA within an individual’s existing cells to give those cells a new set of instructions that can help them find and fight cancer.

For patients with certain types of blood cancers there are approved CAR T therapies available today. There are also many clinical trials available for different types of cancers using cell and gene therapies.

Today there is an urgent need to translate the profound success of CAR T therapies for blood cancers into successful therapies for the most complex and deadly cancers – solid tumor cancers. Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy is currently funding breakthrough research to tackle pancreatic cancer, brain cancer and to advance the understanding of solid tumor biology that will lead to curative therapies.

Your doctor or oncologist can help you understand if CAR-T therapies are a potential treatment for your cancer and can also help you explore clinical trials.

Meet Emily Whitehead

The ultimate birthday present.

“If Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy hadn’t funded Carl June’s early research, Emily wouldn’t be here. They saved our family.”

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Meet Doug Olson

The science made sense to me.

“I was excited about the science, as it was a direct targeted attack on my cancer with my own immune system. I remember feeling really hopeful.”

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Meet Rachel Elliott

I choose my future.

“I want to help advance gene therapy. I believe gene and immunotherapy will become the next pillar of cancer treatment and lead us closer to a cure!”

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Meet Cal Miller

A little bit nervous and a little bit scared.

“I was so happy. I was astonished at how amazing this treatment was and how fast it worked. We were all very happy.”

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Meet Bob Levis

I lived to meet my grandchildren.

“Without that first CAR T treatment, I would not be around to enjoy any of our grandchildren. They motivate me to stay positive and stay fit, which is as important as any treatment.”

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