adoptive cellular therapy

Definition / meaning of adoptive cellular therapy

A treatment used to help the immune system fight diseases, such as cancer and infections with certain viruses. T cells are collected from a patient and grown in the laboratory. This increases the number of T cells that are able to kill cancer cells or fight infections. These T cells are given back to the patient to help the immune system fight disease. Also called cellular adoptive immunotherapy.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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