Adoptive Cell Therapy

This is a process that involves utilizing the patient’s immune cells to better target the cancer. The patient’s immune cells are first obtained via a simple blood draw. After some ‘adjustments’ in a laboratory, they are then infused into the patient, essentially giving the pet an ‘amped up’ immune system that is better equipped to fight their cancer.

General Process

A small amount of blood is obtained once the patient is off prednisone and chemotherapy for 2 weeks. 

Multiplying and “training” these immune cells can take between 3 and 12 weeks until there is an adequate sample to infuse back into the patient.

  • Day 0: Infusion 1
  • Day 14: Infusion 2
  • +/- Day 21: Infusion 3*

*a third infusion is dependent on the number of cells successfully obtained from the pet.

Eligible Tumor Types for this Therapy

  • B Cell Lymphoma
  • Rescue B Cell Lymphoma
  • Hemangiosarcoma
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Anal Sac Carcinoma

For More Information

Contact the Oncology Department at Charleston Veterinary Referral Center: 843.614.8387.