Lymphocytes in Immunotherapy of Cancer Paul Koldovsky

ISBN: 9783540504573

Published: March 6th 1989

Paperback

100 pages


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Lymphocytes in Immunotherapy of Cancer  by  Paul Koldovsky

Lymphocytes in Immunotherapy of Cancer by Paul Koldovsky
March 6th 1989 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 100 pages | ISBN: 9783540504573 | 6.50 Mb

In the past, research in cancer immunology has produced informa tion important for other medical disciplines. It helped, for example, in formulating the laws of immunogenetics and in achieving a better understanding of the mechanism governing theMoreIn the past, research in cancer immunology has produced informa tion important for other medical disciplines. It helped, for example, in formulating the laws of immunogenetics and in achieving a better understanding of the mechanism governing the fate of allotrans planted tissue.

Cancer has often been considered a foreign body, and therefore many attempts have been made to cure it on the basis of the immunological principles applicable to parasitic, bacterial, or viral diseases. Vaccination has been investigated clinically for its po tential to prevent cancer [1], and clinical research into the cure of cancer has included active immunization [2], nonspecific stimulation of defense mechanisms [3], and transfer of passive immunity by cells [4] or by antibodies [5].

These experiments have been of limited value and in some cases have even had an adverse effect. The reputation of cancer immunology has suffered, and the concept has often been severely criticized. However, the basic postulate that cancer must originate from the bodys own cells, and that the immune system belongs to the principal regulatory mechanisms, remains valid.

In recent years new research into clinical cancer immunotherapy has included critical appraisal of all its potential benefits, and also of the risks and limitations. It is dangerous to make unrealistic promises or to speak or think in terms of miracle weapons or a magic bul let.



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