William Tse, M.D. serves as director of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program (BMT) at UofL Brown Cancer Center, which has recently expanded. He will soon be leading a clinical trial of a therapy never tried before. Patients are singing praises of Dr. Tse and his team.
Clinical trial could lead to ‘ultimate immunotherapy’
For patients with multiple myeloma and t-cell leukemia and lymphoma, a clinical trial of CAR t-cell therapy could be life-changing “ultimate immunotherapy.” With the new therapy, doctors will remove the patient’s t-cells and attach a disabled virus aimed at waking the t-cells by allowing them to grow Chimeric Antigen Receptors (CARs), that train t-cells to hunt down and kill cancer cells. These CAR t-cells are then injected back into the patient.
Jino Park, Ph.D., instructor of medicine in Dr. Tse’s research laboratory, and Allison Nett, B.A., technical coordinator of the BMT stem cell processing laboratory, are both key players for ramp up of this trial.
Blood and Marrow Transplant Program expands
The Blood and Marrow Transplant Program recently expanded to offer services in three locations:
- Infusion services at UofL Brown Cancer Center
- Inpatient ICU at UofL Hospital in a newly-renovated unit with built-in infection control features, dedicated family area, emergency infusion space, exercise area, and an updated design
- Outpatient physician visits in the BMT Clinic at the UofL Ambulatory Care Building
Michelle Perry Collins, BSN, RN, OCN, BMTCN, nursing director for BMT, was the project manager for these relocations. Dr. Tse said, “We could not have moved successfully without Michelle.”
Blood and Marrow Transplant Program provides care close to home
When you are sick, most people just want to be home. When Gary Bunevitch was sick and told he would need to spend at least 45 days in a hospital three-hours away, his wife decided to look for a solution that was closer to home and that’s when she found the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at UofL Hospital.
Not only did they find a solution closer to home but they found a progressive and innovative program that is a part of the nationally renowned UofL Brown Cancer Center.