CAR T-cell therapy can be expensive, but there are a few ways you can manage costs.

How Much Is CAR T-Cell Therapy?

Experts estimate that CAR T-cell therapy can cost between $500,000 and $1,000,000.

“CAR [T-cell therapy] is the most expensive Medicare diagnosis-related drug,” says Brian Koffman, MD, founder of the Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Society. Although new medicines are now available to people with the condition, costs haven’t come down.

Direct CAR T-cell treatment costs may include:

  • Apheresis (a process that draws blood and, using a cell separator, collects T cells before returning the remaining blood to the body)
  • Biopsies
  • CAR T-cell production
  • Hospital stays
  • Imaging studies
  • Medicines

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