Oregon oncologist hopes to offer broader access to new cancer therapy

CAR T cell therapy is a promising new gene therapy to treat cancer offered at a select few hospitals, including OHSU Hospital in Portland.

Medicare is considering whether to cover the pricey therapy, which is given for two types of blood cancers. A Eugene oncologist is hoping Medicare will soon cover CAR-T in both the outpatient and in-patient settings.

“The technology is evolving so quickly,” said Dr. Jeff Sharman, who also serves as medical director of hematology research for the US Oncology…

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