NY Times Reports on Cancer Treatment Utilizing Patient’s Own Stem Cells

A woman’s bile-duct cancer has been successfully treated with her own stem cells.

As reported in a recent article in the New York Times, researchers from the National Cancer Institute have developed an immune system treatment for a woman afflicted with cholangiocarcinoma (bile-duct cancer) utilizing her own stem cells.  The scientists, led by Dr. Steven A Rosenberg, identified T-cells in the woman’s immune system that specifically attacked the cancerous cells in her body. They then used her stem cells to grow billions of these T-cells in a laboratory, and then infused the T-cells back into her bloodstream.  After 18 months of the treatment, known as adoptive cell therapy, the woman experienced considerable reduction of tumor size and quantity. Continue reading