Gene Therapy Could Make Cancer Care More Unequal, and This Map Shows Why
January 15, 2018
(MIT Technology Review) – Two new cancer treatments have shown miraculous cures, but if you happen to live in Arkansas or Montana, or a handful of other rural states—let alone outside the U.S.—you’ll have to travel hundreds of miles to get them. And it’s by no means certain that they’ll eventually be available everywhere. These groundbreaking gene therapies, Kymriah and Yescarta, were approved last year in the U.S. Not only are they hugely expensive—Kymriah is $475,000 and Yescarta is $373,000 for a one-time treatment—but for now you can get them only in certain urban areas.