T-Cell Transfer Therapy

Immunotherapy is an exciting area of cancer
research that is changing the way we think about cancer treatment. Immunotherapy works by using the body’s
immune system to fight cancer. The immune system is a complex network of
organs, tissues, and cells, and the substances they make. Immunotherapy uses different ways to boost
the immune system to do a better job of killing cancer cells. This video describes one type of immunotherapy
called T-cell transfer therapy that is used to treat cancer . T cells are a type of immune cell and are
powerful weapons the immune system uses to fight cancer. For T-cell transfer therapy, T cells are taken
from a patient and changed in the laboratory to make them better able to target the patient’s
cancer cells and kill them. Millions of copies of these specially changed
T cells are then grown in the laboratory and given back to the patient to fight the cancer. T-cell transfer therapy is an effective way
to treat some types of cancer, but it doesn’t work for every patient and can cause serious
side effects. To learn more about immunotherapy, visit Cancer.gov/immunotherapy
or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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