T-cells are the body’s soldiers and guardians. When a patient’s immune system is weak T-cell counts are low. It is important to build up T-cell numbers and aggressiveness.
“Attack of the T-Cells”
The immune system attacks things it recognizes as foreign and abnormal. This recognition involves binding to very specific molecular sequences called “antigens”. These compounds, on the surface of the foreign (tumor) cells, stimulate what are called cytotoxic T-cells. These T-cells bind to the cancer cells and inject cytokines which kill the abnormal cell.
Not only will these cells kill any cells displaying the antigen they recognize, but they will also multiply and pass on this information to other T-cells in the body. We call it, ” Training your army”.
This type of dendritic cell vaccine is used to treat a variety of malignancies such as: pancreatic cancer, liver cancer, leukemia, multiple myeloma, colon cancer and ovarian cancer, to name a few.