Cancer Care through Early Detection & Intervention: NFCR

Cancer Immunotherapy

Cancer Immunotherapy

What is Cancer Immunotherapy?

Cancer Immunotherapy is a groundbreaking new frontier in cancer treatment that helps empower patients’ own immune systems to recognize and attack cancer cells, providing new hope and critical treatment options for many patients with advanced cancers that were previously difficult to treat effectively.

Cancer immunology focuses on understanding interactions between cancer cells and the immune system, including how tumors evade or suppress anti-tumor immune responses. This knowledge aids development of immunotherapies that harness the immune system to fight cancer. Immunotherapy refers to treatments that boost the body’s natural defenses to combat cancer. Types of immunotherapies include immune checkpoint inhibitors, T-cell therapies, cancer vaccines, and adjuvant immunotherapies. These therapies help strengthen, direct, or restore the immune system’s ability to find and attack cancer cells.

NFCR-Supported Researchers Working on Cancer Immunotherapy

Avery D. Posey, Portrait

Avery D. Posey, Jr. Ph.D
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Courtney W. Houchen, M.D
Board of Regents of the Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Rakesh K. Jain

Rakesh K. Jain, Ph.D.
Massachusetts General Hospital

Mario L. Suvà, M.D., Ph.D.
Massachusetts General Hospital Harvard Medical School

Paul Fisher, M.Ph., Ph.D.

Paul Fisher, M.Ph., Ph.D.
Virginia Commonwealth University

Lisa Coussens, Ph.D.
Oregon Health & Science University

Elana Fertig, Ph.D
Johns Hopkins University
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center

John J. Letterio, M.D.
Case Western Reserve University

Daniel D. Von Hoff, M.D., FACP
Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen)

Bert Vogelstein, M.D.

Bert Vogelstein, M.D.
Clayton Professor of Oncology
Co-Director of the Ludwig Center at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center
The Johns Hopkins University

Jeremiah Johnson, Ph.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Suzanne Topalian Portrait

Suzanne L. Topalian, M.D
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Paul Nghiem, M.D., Ph.D
University of Washington

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