Penn Medicine’s Cancer Breakthrough

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Just Approved: First-of-its-Kind Gene Therapy

Penn Medicine created the revolutionary gene therapy known as CAR-T cell. This is a type of immunotherapy that genetically alters a patient’s own immune cells to target and destroy their cancer.

CAR-T cell therapy is currently FDA-approved for:

  • Children and young adults up to age 25 with relapsed or refractory B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)
  • Adults with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), the most common form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma

We have ongoing CAR-T clinical trials available for other types of blood and solid tumor cancers.

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Advanced Treatment Options



More Options for Treating Cancer

Our success in personalized cellular therapy does not stop with leukemia. We continue to test the limits and push the boundaries when it comes to battling cancer. That’s why the Abramson Cancer Center is ranked #1 in the region and top 10 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, and is rated as “Exceptional” by the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

We have multidisciplinary teams for each and every cancer, who provide state-of-the-art care and clinical trials, giving our patients the best treatment options available.

Advanced Cancer Treatment Options

Abramson Cancer Center offers advanced treatment options for all forms of cancer, including:

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Immunotherapy is a treatment that stimulates the body’s immune system to identify and fight cancer. Our specialists have experience in all types of immunotherapies including CAR-T cell therapy, vaccine therapy and checkpoint inhibitors.


Proton Therapy

Proton therapy at Roberts Proton Therapy Center uses beams of protons to precisely target the tumor, limiting radiation exposure to normal, healthy tissue surrounding the cancer. It is part of a full range of advanced radiation treatment techniques available at Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Trials

Because of clinical trials, many of which can only be found at Penn, patients are benefiting from breakthrough therapies and treatments for cancer.

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Bone Marrow Transplant

The Bone Marrow Transplant Program at Penn Medicine is one of the oldest and largest programs in the country.

We Can Help

Our nurses help ensure patients have access to the care and resources at Penn. They can help coordinate care among specialists who may be involved in a person's treatment plan. Connect with a nurse to discuss your best course for treatment.

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Get more from Abramson Cancer Center. Watch our patient stories:


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Doug Olson

Lymphocytic Leukemia Survivor

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Kim Vernick

Pancreatic Cancer Survivor


Francie Howat

Lung Cancer Survivor


Jackie Simms

Breast Cancer Survivor