Whole-Cell Vaccines

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Therapeutic cancer vaccines aim to generate tumor immunity through coordinated cell- and antibody-mediated responses that ultimately result in highly specific and potent T cells capable of destroying cancers. Cancer vaccines have unique advantages compared to most other cancer therapeutics, with a high degree of specificity for tumor cells relative to normal tissues, a highly favorable side-effect profile, and the potential for a long-lasting treatment effect due to immunologic memory.


Whole-cell vaccine Immunotherapy Immune response Chemotherapy Monoclonal antibody Combination immunotherapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of OncologySidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Department of Oncology and the Program in PathobiologyJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA

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