The treatment process for TECARTUS™
1. Begin with a blood collection
Your blood is collected, then passed through a machine to separate your white blood cells. This process is called leukapheresis (loo-kah-fur-ee-sis).
2. Your T cells are modified
Your separated T cells are sent to a laboratory where they are modified to become CAR T cells (TECARTUS).
Before you get TECARTUS, you will get 3 days of chemotherapy to prepare your body.
3. CAR T cells are infused back into your body
On your scheduled treatment day, you and your caregiver will go to the Authorized Treatment Center. Your healthcare team will administer a single 30-minute intravenous (IV) infusion of TECARTUS.
4. Your care is monitored
After your infusion, you’ll be monitored at the Authorized Treatment Center for at least 7 days. In order for your healthcare team to continue to monitor you, it is necessary to stay within 2 hours of your Authorized Treatment Center for at least 4 weeks. Kite Konnect® can help you plan for this stay.
5. If you experience side effects
The Authorized Treatment Center medical staff is thoroughly trained to help. You may be hospitalized for side effects, and your healthcare provider will discharge you if your side effects are under control and it is safe for you to leave the hospital.
6. Follow-up visits with your local healthcare provider
Your local healthcare team will perform blood tests to track your progress and help with any side effects that may occur.
If you miss an appointment, it’s important to reschedule as soon as possible.
Chemotherapy: Treatment that uses drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. This can affect cancer cells and normal cells.
Intravenous (IV) infusion: A method of putting fluids, including drugs, into the bloodstream. Also called infusion.