When Chemo Failed, CAR T-Cell Therapy Took Away a Father’s Cancer
Bob Falter is the light of his family. ”I can’t even imagine losing him,” his daughter shares.
That became a real possibility when Falter was diagnosed with a type of blood cancer, B-cell follicular lymphoma.
Fortunately, his doctor in Winchester referred him to UVA Cancer Center, Virginia’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Chemotherapy and other drug treatments couldn’t knock out his type of lymphoma. But UVA blood cancer experts had a secret weapon.
CAR T-Cell Therapy: Breakthrough Treatment Unleashed
A Navy veteran and financial planner, Falter enrolled in a clinical trial for CAR T-cell therapy.
Lymphoma Treatment at UVA Cancer Center
Our specialists offer expert treatment for lymphoma and compassionate support all along the way.
Indumathy Varadarajan, MD, known as Dr. Indu to her patients, explains how this 2-part therapy works. It’s available at very few places.
“We extract T cells and genetically modify them into super soldiers that can identify these tumor cells.
“And when we insert them back into the person suffering with cancer, they go directly to the tumor. They destroy the tumor in many instances and produce remarkable results.
“And that's what happened with Bob.”
No Signs of Cancer
When Dr. Indu showed Falter and his wife PET scan images, they saw no sign of cancer.
“I said, well, where is it, Dr. Indu? She said, ‘Tammy, it's gone.’ To me, that was a miracle.”
Watch this video of Falter, his family, Dr. Indu, and Craig Portell, MD — the blood cancer experts who helped him get his ‘wonderful life’ back.