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Treating Multiple Myeloma with Immunotherapy

Treating Multiple Myeloma with Immunotherapy

Is there any research about treating myeloma with immunotherapy? In this video from our ""Living Well With Multiple Myeloma"" event held at SCCA in November 2011, Dr. William Bensinger of SCCA discusses the eradication of chronic lymphocytic leukemia with adoptive T cell therapy. The effects of this treatment against multiple myeloma are currently being studied. Dr. Noopur Raje describes how adoptive t-cell therapy increases T cells and NK (natural killer) cells over time, which fight tumor cells. It ""wakes up"" your immune system and teaches it to fight against myeloma.

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