Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy can help you fight cancer using your body’s own immune cells that have been genetically engineered for this specific purpose. If you live in the Fort Myers, FL, area, you can receive this innovative type of immunotherapy at Moffitt Cancer Center, located just a few hours away in Tampa.
With the help of CAR T, your body’s own immune system, which protects you against disease-causing viruses and bacteria, can also be one of your best defenses against cancer. Your T cells (a specific type of immune cells) have special surface receptors that allow them to detect and destroy potentially dangerous invaders, including cancerous cells. Because cancer can be powerful and resistant, your immune system may need a slight "tune up" before it can put forth its best possible fight. That’s where CAR T comes in.
At Moffitt, CAR T-cell therapy works like this:
- A sample of your T cells will be collected from your blood.
- In a special lab, we’ll genetically modify your T cells to supply them with new proteins that can strengthen their ability to identify and target the inherent weaknesses in cancer cells.
- We’ll replicate your modified T cells to amass a large quantity.
- Your strengthened T cells will be reintroduced to your bloodstream via infusion, after which they will remain in your body and serve as "living cancer drugs."
If you’re interested in receiving CAR T at Moffitt but are hesitating because you aren’t sure where you can stay while you receive your treatment, you are encouraged to talk with our team. We can recommend lodging options located near our campus and provide advice on how to make your time away from your home in Fort Myers, Florida, more comfortable.
If you’d like to learn more about CAR T-cell therapy, why not make a short trip to Moffitt from Fort Myers, FL? You can request an appointment by calling 1-888-663-3488 or completing our new patient registration form online.