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.