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.
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.
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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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Several patients share their stories, including Ralph Whitworth, who worked with Drs. Scott Lippman and Ezra Cohen to accelerate immunotherapy studies.
Robert Legaspi was 9 years old when he was first diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). This year, at age 27, his leukemia returned for the fourth time. This time was different.
By the age of 4, Matthew Haemsch had undergone 16 rounds of chemotherapy and a surgery to remove a cancerous tumor on his adrenal gland
Experimental cellular-immunotherapy may boost body’s ability to find and destroy specific cancers.
Genetic phenomenon associated with low tumor invasiveness and longer patient survival could inform prognosis and help identify patients who would best respond to immunotherapy and other treatments.
Immune cell manipulation plus chemotherapy achieves prostate cancer remission in mouse models where chemotherapy alone fails.
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For information on how to support cancer immunotherapy, please contact Marissa Nemirofsky at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.