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Immune therapy success against brain cancer stirs excitement, and skepticism

December 28, 2016

Marie McCullough, STAFF WRITER

An experimental immune therapy temporarily wiped out tumors in the brain and spinal cord of a patient with recurrent glioblastoma, one of the most lethal of all cancers.

Researchers at the City of Hope in Duarte, Calif., genetically engineered the 50-year-old man’s own T cells to attack his tumors, which shrank and disappeared over 7.5 months. Although his cancer recurred at that point, he remains alive today, 15 months after he was told he had only weeks to live.

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