Is TECARTUS covered by insurance?

Many insurance plans provide coverage for treatment.

You can talk to your healthcare team to discuss all the costs associated with TECARTUS, including out-of-pocket costs?.

If you don't have insurance, talk to your healthcare team about options available to you. There are other organizations that may be able to provide support if you are prescribed TECARTUS.


Who can help me find information on resources and support?

You don't have to figure everything out by yourself. Your treatment team is the best resource for support throughout treatment.

Our knowledgeable team at Kite is also dedicated to helping answer your questions about the treatment process.

You can call them at:

Monday–Friday 8 am–9 pm ET or 5 am–6 pm PT
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Where else can I find support?

Many organizations offer help throughout the process. The lists below are a starting point for finding organizations that may offer assistance programs. This is not an exhaustive list of support programs. You can ask your treatment team about other support that might be available.

Resources may include referrals to independent third-party nonprofit patient assistance programs. These programs are not operated or controlled by Kite, and Kite does not endorse any program or third-party organization. Nonprofit patient assistance program eligibility requirements may vary and are established solely by each independent organization. Kite makes no guarantee with respect to reimbursement or copay assistance for any item or service.

“When you need help, it’s important to just ask for it. Even when it felt hard for me, and my brain was going several different places, my wife was a rock star. It's a team effort.”

DavidTECARTUS Patient

This testimonial is representative of the patient’s own experience. Individual treatment results and experience may vary.

David TECARTUS® (brexucabtagene autoleucel) patient ambassador with caregiver wife Patti.

This testimonial is representative of the patient’s own experience. Individual treatment results and experience may vary.

There are also additional resources available just for caregivers. You can find links on the Caregiver support page.


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Patient and caregiver stories:

This testimonial is representative of the patient's and caregiver’s own experience. Individual treatment results and experience may vary.

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Your treatment team is the best resource for support throughout treatment.

If you have questions at any step of the CAR T process, our dedicated team at Kite can also help. You can call them at:



Out-of-pocket costs

There are out-of-pocket costs involved in the CAR T treatment process. ‘Out-of-pocket’ is any cost a patient has that is not covered by a health insurance plan. Examples include deductibles, co-payments for covered services, and costs for services that are not covered.

How do I find out if my insurance covers TECARTUS?

Individual calling insurance provider for coverage information.

If you're considering TECARTUS, your treatment team will look into your insurance coverage as part of the CAR T consultation process. They will work with your insurance provider to determine what your coverage will be. They can also answer any questions you may have.

You may need to provide the following information in order to review your insurance coverage:

  • Your oncologist's name and phone number
  • The name of your treatment center and location
  • Your insurance member ID #
  • Other information that can be found on your insurance card

Financial support

American Cancer Society

for help during and after cancer treatment

Bone Marrow & Cancer Foundation

financial assistance for patients and their families

BMT InfoNet

helps with living expenses during treatment

CancerCare

helps with treatment-related costs and finding additional resources

Cancer Support Community

financial navigation, and treatment lodging and transportation resources, and other services

Family Reach Foundation

financial assistance, tips, and resource navigation

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

a list of financial assistance programs

Lymphoma Research Foundation

phone or email service for financial assistance resources and other information
limited financial assistance to patients who are underinsured or struggle to pay for medical expenses

National Cancer Institute

Patient Advocate Foundation

a selection of services that address financial and other obstacles to accessing healthcare

The organizations listed above are independent from Kite and Gilead, and this list is subject to change. This information is provided as a resource for patients and is not an endorsement or guarantee of assistance.

Travel and lodging support

Air Care Alliance

organizes flights to help patients access distant medical care

American Cancer Society

home-like lodging environments for patients undergoing treatment
programs providing financial assistance, travel, lodging support, and more
transportation to and from treatment

BMT InfoNet

helps with living expenses during treatment

Cancer Support Community

treatment lodging and transportation resources, financial navigation, and other services

Corporate Angel Network

arranges free air travel for cancer patients on corporate planes

Footprints in the Sky

arranges free air travel for patients on charter and corporate planes

Grace On Wings

provides charity air ambulance services

Healthcare Hospitality Network

a tool to search for a place to stay near your treatment center

Joe’s House

helps patients find affordable places to stay when traveling for medical treatment

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

a list of financial assistance programs, including lodging, transportation, and other non-medical expenses

Mercy Medical Angels

assists with the cost of ground and air travel for patients needing to access medical care

Day-to-day support

American Cancer Society

Road to Recovery program provides rides to patients to get to their cancer treatment

CancerCare

navigators and oncology social workers help connect patients and caregivers to resources
assists with keeping a cat or dog at home while going through cancer treatment

Cancer Support Community

treatment lodging and transportation resources, financial navigation, and other services

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

meal delivery service
with registered dieticians

Mental health, emotional support, and peer groups

BMT InfoNet

talk to a patient or caregiver who has been through CAR T treatment

Cancer.net

information about counseling and finding a counselor
information about support groups and how to find one

CancerCare

led by professional oncology social workers
information, resources, and support for young adults affected by cancer
information, resources, and support to help older people cope with cancer

Cancer Support Community

online community of patients, survivors, and caregivers

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

search for support groups for anyone affected by blood cancer

Leukemia Research Foundation

online support community and one-on-one mentoring program

Lymphoma Research Foundation

a one-to-one peer support program

Patient Empowerment Network

a peer support community for patients living with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and their caregivers

Physical wellness support

American Institute for Cancer Research

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

including one-on-one nutrition consultations

Lymphoma Research Foundation


Approved Uses

TECARTUS is a treatment for adults with mantle cell lymphoma or acute lymphoblastic leukemia ...

Important Safety Information

What is the most important information I should know about TECARTUS? TECARTUS may cause side effects that are life-threatening and can lead to death ...

Approved Uses and Important Safety Information

Approved Uses

TECARTUS is a treatment for adults with mantle cell lymphoma or acute lymphoblastic leukemia. It is used following disease progression while on or after other treatment. TECARTUS is different than other cancer medicines because it is made from your own white blood cells, which have been modified to recognize and attack your lymphoma cells.

Important Safety Information

What is the most important information I should know about TECARTUS?

TECARTUS may cause side effects that are life-threatening and can lead to death. Call or see your healthcare provider or get emergency help right away if you get any of the following:

  • Fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher)
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chills or shaking chills
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Severe nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Severe fatigue or weakness

It is important to tell your healthcare provider that you received TECARTUS and to show them your TECARTUS Patient Wallet Card. Your healthcare provider may give you other medicines to treat your side effects.

Before getting TECARTUS, tell your healthcare provider about all your medical problems, including if you have or have had:

  • Neurologic problems (such as seizures, stroke, or memory loss)
  • Lung or breathing problems
  • Heart problems
  • Liver problems
  • Kidney problems
  • A recent or active infection

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medications you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

How will I receive TECARTUS?

  • Since TECARTUS is made from your own white blood cells, your blood will be collected by a process called “leukapheresis” (loo-kah-fur-ee-sis), which will concentrate your white blood cells.
  • Your blood cells will be sent to a manufacturing center to make your TECARTUS.
  • Before you get TECARTUS, you will get 3 days of chemotherapy to prepare your body.
  • When your TECARTUS is ready, your healthcare provider will give it to you through a catheter placed into your vein (intravenous infusion). The infusion usually takes less than 30 minutes.
  • You will be monitored where you received your treatment daily for at least 7 days for patients with MCL and at least 14 days for patients with ALL after the infusion.
  • You should plan to stay close to the location where you received your treatment for at least 4 weeks after getting TECARTUS. Your healthcare provider will help you with any side effects that may occur.
  • You may be hospitalized for side effects. Your healthcare provider will discharge you if your side effects are under control and it is safe for you to leave the hospital.
  • Your healthcare provider will want to do blood tests to follow your progress. It is important that you do have your blood tested. If you miss an appointment, call your healthcare provider as soon as possible to reschedule.

What should I avoid after receiving TECARTUS?

  • Do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or do other dangerous things for 8 weeks after you get TECARTUS because the treatment can cause sleepiness, confusion, weakness, and temporary memory and coordination problems.
  • Do not donate blood, organs, tissues, or cells for transplantation.

What are the possible or reasonably likely side effects of TECARTUS?

The most common side effects of TECARTUS include:

  • Fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher)
  • Low white blood cells (can occur with a fever)
  • Low red blood cells
  • Low blood pressure (dizziness or lightheadedness, headache, feeling tired, short of breath)
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty speaking or slurred speech
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea

These are not all the possible side effects of TECARTUS. Call your healthcare provider about any side effects that concern you. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please see the Important Facts about TECARTUS, including IMPORTANT WARNINGS.

Educational support

American Cancer Society

online library of information
helpline to answer questions about cancer

BMT InfoNet

talk to a patient or caregiver who has been through CAR T treatment

Cancer Support Community

online information guide and navigation helpline

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

talk to an oncology social worker for up-to-date disease, treatment and support information throughout treatment

Leukemia Research Foundation

Lymphoma Research Foundation

provides individualized information on types of lymphoma, diagnostic tests, treatments, potential side effects, and research

National Cancer Institute

helpline to answer cancer-related questions

Patient Empowerment Network

collection of information and resources for multiple types of blood cancers