Medicare to cover CAR-T therapy for leukemia, lymphoma

A breakthrough gene therapy will be covered for certain types of lymphoma and leukemia, Medicare says.

Chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapy boosts a patient’s own immune cells to fight cancer and can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, the Associated Press reported.

Studies have shown that CAR-T is effective against certain types of cancers, but can cause severe side effects. The use of the gene therapy to treat certain types of leukemia and lymphoma is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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