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Juno Halts Its Immunotherapy Trial for Cancer After Three Patient Deaths

July 7, 2016

(STAT News) – Juno Therapeutics, a pioneer in the sizzling field of treating cancer by revving up the immune system, on Thursday said it had halted development of its lead treatment after three patient deaths, dealing a blow to a promising but still unproven approach to oncology. The treatment, dubbed JCAR015, is created by harvesting a patient’s own immune cells and rewiring them to home in on cancer in the blood. Three patients died after excess fluids accumulated in their brains, Juno said.

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