UCLA Health certified to offer cancer cell modification therapy

UCLA Health has received certification to provide a therapy that genetically modifies patients’ own cells to attack cancer, the university announced Friday.

The Food and Drug Administration approved the treatment, marketed as Yescarta, in October for patients with a type of blood cancer called large-B-cell lymphoma. UCLA is one of about two-dozen medical centers nationwide certified to offer the therapy.

The treatment is a form of chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy, in which a...

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