Immunotherapy Combined with Chemotherapy in the Treatment of Tumors

James L. Frazier, James E. Han, Michael Lim, Alessandro Olivi

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Abstract

This article provides a broad overview of the data, including laboratory and clinical studies, currently available on the combination of immunotherapy and chemotherapy for treating cancer. The various forms of immunotherapy combined with chemotherapy include monoclonal antibodies, adoptive lymphocyte transfer, or active specific immunotherapy, such as tumor proteins, irradiated tumor cells, tumor cell lysates, dendritic cells pulsed with peptides or lysates, or tumor antigens expressed in plasmids or viral vectors. This discussion is not limited to malignant brain tumors, because many of the studies have been conducted on various cancer types, thereby providing a comprehensive perspective that may encourage further studies that combine chemotherapy and immunotherapy for treating brain tumors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-194
Number of pages8
JournalNeurosurgery clinics of North America
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

Keywords

  • Blood-brain barrier
  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunosuppression
  • Immunotherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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