NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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T-cell transfer therapy
(… sel TRANZ-fer THAYR-uh-pee)
A type of immunotherapy that uses the patient’s own T cells (a type of immune cell) to help the body fight diseases, such as cancer. In cancer therapy, T cells are taken from the patient's blood or tumor tissue and treated in the laboratory with substances to make them better able to target the patient's cancer cells and kill them. Large numbers of the treated T cells are then grown in the laboratory and given back to the patient to help the immune system fight the cancer. Types of T-cell transfer therapy include chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR T-cell) therapy and tumor-infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) therapy. Also called adoptive cell therapy and cellular adoptive immunotherapy.