Treating breast cancer with cell-based approaches: an overview

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Introduction: Breast cancer is the most common malignancy in women. Despite there being considerable progress in the treatment of this disease, metastatic dissemination is still considered an incurable condition at the present time, causing 500,000 deaths worldwide every year. Although most of the research efforts have been focused on pharmacological approaches, over the last three decades, the use of bone marrow and peripheral blood-derived cell therapy approaches have been attempted and developed. Areas covered: This review will briefly address cell therapy for breast cancer, including autologous stem cell transplantations for overcoming the myelosuppressive effects of high-dose chemotherapy, allogeneic stem cell transplants and adoptive immunotherapy using bone-marrow derived T-cells. Expert opinion: The treatment of breast cancer using bone marrow or peripheral-blood derived cells has evolved from a supportive care approach to allow dose escalation of conventional chemotherapy to a therapeutic strategy aimed at eliciting immune cell mediated anticancer immunity. This latter principle has led to the development of adoptive immunotherapies, either with ‘natural’ or genetically engineered effectors, which are being intensively investigated for their great potential against several solid tumors, including breast cancer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1255-1264
Number of pages10
JournalExpert Opinion on Biological Therapy
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 3 2017


  • adoptive cell immunotherapy
  • allogeneic transplant
  • bone marrow transplant
  • Breast cancer
  • cancer metastasis
  • high-dose chemotherapy
  • peripheral blood stem cell transplant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery
  • Clinical Biochemistry


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