Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant

Immunotherapy

Illustration of ImmunotherapyThe American Family Children's Hospital Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant specialists in Madison, Wisconsin have special expertise in using immunotherapy to treat children with cancer.

Immunotherapy uses components of the immune system, such as antibodies or certain types of white blood cells, to fight cancer. In addition, certain medications can be administered to patients in order to stimulate the immune system and improve its ability to kill cancer cells.

Strong basic laboratory research programs have led to active clinical trials using immunotherapy to treat neuroblastoma and other pediatric cancers.

Current research programs include: 

  • Use of monoclonal antibodies to treat children with neuroblastoma 
  • Use of antibodies attached to immune-stimulating drugs to treat children with neuroblastoma 
  • Use of stem cell transplantation and natural killer cells to treat children with relapsed leukemia and solid tumors

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