6 lupus patients effectively cured by a cancer therapy, and doctors say they are ‘blown away’

Doctors in Germany have found a way to effectively cure the most common form of lupus using a novel and pricey blood-infusion technique typically reserved for treating cancer. The patients’ immune systems remained robust during their CAR-T therapy, with no serious infections or toxic side effects reported. The method could one day have a major impact curing the inflammatory, autoimmune disease — if the fix holds in these patients long-term. The research team is still waiting to see whether the six patients remain “basically healthy” without any more treatments.

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