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Response to "Immune sensitization might kill tumors"

Posted by plosmedicine on 31 Mar 2009 at 00:35 GMT

Author: Gideon Rechavi
Position: Professor
Institution: Cancer Research Center, Sheba Medical Center and Sackler School of Medicine
Additional Authors: Ninette Amariglio
Submitted Date: March 09, 2009
Published Date: March 9, 2009
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We are of course aware of your pioneering contribution to the field of transplantation for Parkinson's disease.

Your idea regarding immunization as a potential treatment for such mishaps is very interesting. In the case we described there is no way to get "donor" cells but the possibility you raise regarding tissues from other donors is a possibility with all the potential risks you mentioned.

We thought that if there will be a need for an additional therapy maybe a kind of stimulation of his own immune system can be attempted for example interferon or IL2. This is in line with your opinion that the child's immune system is the best hope for eliminating the cell masses.

No competing interests declared.