What is Cellular Therapy?

Cellular therapy uses living cells instead of drugs to destroy and control cancer cells. One researcher describes cellular therapy as using “the cell itself as medicine.

For example, adoptive T-cell transfer, also called adoptive cellular therapy, involves collecting cancer-killing T cells (T lymphocytes) from the patient’s blood, multiplying them in the laboratory, and returning them to the patient to jump-start the immune system’s attack against the disease.

A blood or marrow transplant (BMT) is another type of cellular therapy. Visit this page for more information about BMT.