The London Clinic Hospital Offers New, Transformative Cell Therapy To Cancer Patients


  • The London Clinic now offers a new cutting-edge treatment called CAR-T cell therapy to adults with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, where the patient’s immune cells are genetically modified to destroy their cancer cells 
  • Blood cancers including diffuse large B-cell lymphoma are the third biggest cancer killer in the UK. A phase 2 clinical trial in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma patients who have failed conventional therapy shows positive outcomes with 52% of patients living at 18 months after receiving CAR-T cell therapy
  • CAR-T cell therapy is NICE approved. Patients from across the UK, Europe and international countries are set to benefit

The London Clinic, a private hospital and charity on London’s Harley Street, and is one of a small number of hospitals in the UK to offer adult patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma – an aggressive form of blood cancer – a new, cutting-edge form of immunotherapy called CAR-T cell therapy.

The CAR-T (chimeric antigen receptor T-cell) cell therapy works through the collection of immune cells (T cells) from the blood of patients. These T-cells are then genetically modified to destroy cancer cells in a laboratory and given back to the patient. This therapy is for patients who have no other treatment options having failed conventional chemotherapy.

A phase 2 clinical trial of 111 patients (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29226797 ), has shown positive outcomes with 52% of patients treated with CAR-T therapy, living for 18 months after treatment. Real-world data is at an early stage but consistent with this positive outcome.

CAR-T therapy is approved by the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). The London Clinic is HTA licensed and JACIE accredited and with access to a level 3 intensive care unit, patients who suffer any side-effects from the treatment can be cared for at one central hospital site.

Professor John Gribben, who is leading the treatment at The London Clinic, says: “CAR-T cell therapy is an exciting advancement in the treatment of blood cancers, offering a new, final treatment option for patients when others haven’t had the result they need from conventional therapy.

Professor John Gribben, lead for the CAR-T therapy service at The London Clinic

“Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma is an aggressive form of blood cancer. So far, this treatment is showing promising outcomes for many patients, letting them return to normal lives with their families and loved-ones. The London Clinic is a pioneering hospital and we are proud to be in a position to offer this treatment to our patients in the UK, Europe and from international countries,” adds Professor Gribben.

Mr Satya Bhattacharya, Medical Director of The London Clinic, says: “The London Clinic is committed to bringing together it’s strengths in clinical service, research, and innovation to successfully deliver new treatments such as CAR-T cell therapy and create positive outcomes for our patients.

“Our team of internationally-renowned haematologists and clinical nurses have specialist experience and expertise in all aspects of treating blood cancers and we are excited to be one of a small number of hospitals offering this exciting new treatment. Our charitable ethos means that we are committed to advancing healthcare knowledge across the wider community.”

To refer a patient, please telephone +44(0)20 7535 5503 or email haematology@thelondonclinic.co.uk.

ENDS   –

Peter Donelan

PR & Communications Manager

The London Clinic

0203 219 3332 / 07808 640 393


Notes to Editors

The London Clinic is an independent, charitable hospital in Harley Street, the heart of London’s medical district. Our charitable status means that we reinvest our surplus income into the latest medical technologies for the overall benefit of people and the wider healthcare community.

Our cutting-edge technology and internationally-renowned consultants attract thousands of UK and international patients every year. Our 600 consultants lead in specialties such as cancer care, digestive diseases, orthopaedics (including hips, knees, shoulders and fingers with on-site physiotherapy rehabilitation), neurology, digestive diseases, cosmetic surgery, liver services, gastroenterology, urology, endoscopy, diabetes, haematology and endocrinology.

This Press Release has been sponsored by Julia Price

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