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Anticancer Res. 2004 Sep-Oct;24(5C):3321-6.

Immuno-cell therapy of cancer in Japan.

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Japan Research Association of Immunotherapeutics and 2Seta Clinic, 4-20-18 Seta, Setagayaku, Tokyo 158-0095, Japan.


The immuno-cell therapy of cancer in Japan is in the phase of transition from therapeutic research to a more generalized option for all patients. A short history of cancer immunotherapy in Japan and its present status are summarized. In 1999, the first private clinic with a cell processing facility and specializing in immuno-cell therapy was established. Since then, the number of such clinics has increased. As a result, the number of patients who undergone the therapy has markedly increased. A summary of the clinical results of the therapy in 1401 patients treated in two leading clinics is also presented.

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