Innate and adaptive immune responses to cancer

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Together, innate and adaptive immune responses are capable of recognizing and destroying cancer. Natural killer cells and gamma-delta T cells are capable of specifically recognizing and killing tumor cells. Tumor antigens have been identified from many cancers, and cancer patients generate CD4+ and CD8+ T lymphocytes and B lymphocytes specific for these antigens. Tumor-specific lymphocytes are found infiltrating tumors and in the peripheral blood of cancer patients. The presence of brisk tumor infiltrating lymphocytes in primary melanoma portends a survival advantage compared to tumors where tumor infiltrating lymphocytes are absent. In some instances, the immune system can cause spontaneous regression of tumors. For example, partial regression is a common finding in primary melanoma lesions, and there are rare reports of complete regression of metastatic melanoma. The importance of the immune system in preventing cancer is reflected in the increased frequency of malignancies in immunosuppressed and immunodeficient patients. Under the selective pressure of the immune response, tumors evolve to escape immune-mediated destruction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFundamentals of Cancer Prevention
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Pages79-108
Number of pages30
ISBN (Print)9783540242123
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StatePublished - 2005

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Adaptive Immunity
Innate Immunity
Neoplasms
Tumor-Infiltrating Lymphocytes
Melanoma
Immune System
T-Lymphocytes
Somatostatin-Secreting Cells
Neoplasm Antigens
Natural Killer Cells
B-Lymphocytes
Antigens

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Hastings, K. T. (2005). Innate and adaptive immune responses to cancer. In Fundamentals of Cancer Prevention (pp. 79-108). Springer Berlin Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-68986-7_4

Innate and adaptive immune responses to cancer. / Hastings, Karen Taraszka.

Fundamentals of Cancer Prevention. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2005. p. 79-108.

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Hastings, KT 2005, Innate and adaptive immune responses to cancer. in Fundamentals of Cancer Prevention. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 79-108. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-68986-7_4
Hastings KT. Innate and adaptive immune responses to cancer. In Fundamentals of Cancer Prevention. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. 2005. p. 79-108 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-68986-7_4
Hastings, Karen Taraszka. / Innate and adaptive immune responses to cancer. Fundamentals of Cancer Prevention. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2005. pp. 79-108
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