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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


adoptive cellular therapy  listen  (uh-DOP-tiv SEL-yoo-ler THAYR-uh-pee)

  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.