Seven of the 44 cancer patients treated in hospitals in Madrid with advanced CART therapies have achieved the “complete” remission of the disease, as the Health Advisor of the Community of Madrid, Enrique Ruiz Escudero, advanced on Thursday.
He has done so during the inauguration of the II Spanish Summit Against Cancer, organized by the Spanish Group of Patients with Cancer (GEPAC), in an act in which the Secretary General of Health of the Ministry of Health, Faustino Blanco, has also participated.
These therapies have been offered since last year to patients with certain types of leukemia and lymphomas at the Gregorio Marañón and Niño Jesús hospitals, two of the eleven centers selected by the Ministry to apply the CART.
It is a treatment that consists in extracting blood from the patient through a technique that allows to obtain T lymphocytes, a type of immune system cells, which are modified in the laboratory so that they are capable of destroying cancer cells.
In addition to the Child Jesus, the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, Esplugues de Llobregat (Barcelona) and the Vall d “Hebron (Barcelona) are the three centers designated for the treatment of pediatric patients.
The centers chosen to treat adults with relapsed or refractory large B-cell diffuse lymphoma or with acute lymphoblastic refractory B-cell leukemia are: Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, Gregorio Marañón (Madrid), Vall d “Hebron, La Fe de Valencia, Complex Assistance of Salamanca, Virgen del Rocío de Sevilla, University Clinic of Valencia and Santa Creu and Sant Pau (Barcelona).
For his part, the Secretary General of Health has indicated that the Ministry is working on the update of the Strategy against Cancer, launched in 2006, which will incorporate environmental pollution, sun exposure and carcinogens Labor as “full-fledged” factors.
The objective, as explained, is to develop “robust indicators” to address the fight against cancer.
Blanco explained that the ministry is working on coordination between hospitals and primary care to provide comprehensive patient care, both monitoring not only their physical health but also in the treatment of their psychic and social sequelae.
The president of GEPAC, Begoña Barragán, has delved into the claims of patients as non-discriminatory and equal access to the health system, placing the patient at the center of decisions, multidisciplinary care, clinical research of excellence, effective management that guarantees universal attention and fight against labor discrimination of those affected.