Immuno-oncology giving new hope in battle against cancer

Brian (right) and Lachandra Baker (left) have learned first-hand about the promise of immunotherapy in the fight against cancer. (Credit: Baker family)
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Brian and Lachandra Baker have learned first-hand about the promise of immunotherapy in the fight against cancer.

Brian was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2015. Chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant were failed treatments for him.

It wasn’t until he was treated with CAR T-cell therapy that he found remission. Brian called it a much-needed option in his fight.

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“I didn’t really understand all the technical side of it, but it was an option and that’s what you always want,” Brian said.

CAR T-cell therapy takes white blood cells, the T cells, from a patient's blood, then in the lab, places a Chimeric Antigen Receptor (or CAR) on the cells' surface. Those CAR T-cells are infused back into the patient as modified cancer-fighters, trained to target and attack only the cancerous cells.

Brian Baker is now in remission for the first time since he was diagnosed. The Baker family will ride in Pelotonia 2019, continuing their efforts to raise money for cancer research at The James Cancer Hospital.