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A Crash Course on Immunotherapy

Our immune system has amazing capabilities. From macrophages that ‘eat’ microbes to plasma cells which produce specific antibodies, numerous cell types work in conjunction to eliminate pathogens from the body. Equipped to target a wide range of foreign threats, the immune system’s T cells are especially powerful and adaptable, even able to recognize internal danger…

Immunotherapy Through History

Immunotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that harnesses the power of the human immune system to fight cancer. In the last decade, immunotherapies have revolutionized the field of oncology and personalized medicine. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy target cancer cells but often times, as collateral damage, destroy healthy tissue as well. As a result, physicians…

CAR T-Cell Therapy

Cancer operates stealthily, overtaking body systems via hijacking formerly healthy cells, and propagating endless, devastating effects throughout the body. Until recently, there was slim hope for the body itself to recognize and eliminate the assailant cells. However, with the emergence of chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy, or CAR T-cell therapy, cancer’s undoing may be on…

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