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Immunotherapy

Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, the only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in San Diego, is also one of only a few cancer centers in the country with the capability to explore all facets of immunotherapy, the use of drugs that stimulate the immune system to fight cancer. Our team — led by world renowned physician-scientist Ezra Cohen, MD — has activated several clinical trials to explore novel immune checkpoint inhibitors and tumor vaccines.

Patient Spotlight

Rikki Rocket

Rikki Rockett, drummer for the band Poison, got the best news of his life recently: his cancer is gone. Rockett was diagnosed with oral cancer more than a year ago. Read his story.

What is Immunotherapy?

Immunotherapy is treatment that augments, retrains, or retargets the immune system to fight cancer. Your immune system consists of white blood cells, also called leukocytes, which help protect your body against infections and diseases. The goal of immunotherapy is to train these cells to attack cancer without harming healthy tissue.

The idea of immunotherapy has been around for a long time, but new developments promise to revolutionize the way we treat cancer.

Types of Immunotherapy

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Support Our Immunotherapy Work

For information on how to support cancer immunotherapy, please contact Marissa Nemirofsky at mnemirofsky@ucsd.edu or 858-822-3585.

Your support will allow us to complete our new cell processing lab more quickly and dramatically accelerate our immunotherapy trials and research, delivering this transformative therapy and its life-saving results to our patients who need help now.

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