First-Of-Its-Kind Cancer Treatment Developed By Santa Monica Company Helps Save Lives 11/13/2017
SANTA MONICA (CBSLA) — An Orange County woman given only months to live is now cancer free, thanks to a one-of-a-kind treatment developed by a Santa Monica company.
In 2015, Denise Delatorre was diagnosed with aggressive lymphoma. Chemotherapy failed to work. She was given six months to live.
“That day I went home and told my son I was going to die. I actually pulled him out of work and told him that I wasn’t going to make it,” Delatorre recalled as tears welled up in her eyes.
But then the Laguna Beach mother read about a study at UCLA involving a unique immunotherapy called CAR-T cell therapy. She became the first patient to be involved in the clinical trial.