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Clinical effects of autologous cytokine-induced killer cell-based immunotherapy in the treatment of endometrial cancer: a case report and literature review

Authors Zhang Y, Qi Y, Wang A, Ma B, Fu X, Zhao L, Gao Q

Received 29 July 2017

Accepted for publication 7 September 2017

Published 22 September 2017 Volume 2017:10 Pages 4687—4690


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Yao Dai

Yong Zhang,* Yalong Qi,* Axiang Wang, Baozhen Ma, Xiaomin Fu, Lingdi Zhao, Quanli Gao

Department of Biotherapy, Affiliated Cancer Hospital of Zhengzhou University and Henan Cancer Hospital, Zhengzhou, Henan, People’s Republic of China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Abstract: Endometrial cancer is the most prevalent gynecological malignancy in the USA, and its treatment involves surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy. Cytokine-induced killer (CIK) cell-based treatments have shown antitumor activity against several solid tumors. However, to the best of our knowledge, there are no reports yet of CIK immunotherapy in the treatment of endometrial cancer, and consequently, little is known about its efficacy and safety. Here, we report a case of an endometrial cancer patient receiving a combination treatment with CIK cells immunotherapy and chemotherapy. Assessment for clinical features was carried out after every two cycles of CIK immunotherapy and chemotherapy. No severe toxicity was observed after infusion of CIK cells. After 4 cycles of treatment, the patient achieved complete response and showed elevated Karnofsky Performance Status scores with an overall survival time of 13.6 months. The combination therapy improved the quality of life and prolonged patient survival time, which suggested that CIK cell therapy might be a potentially beneficial option for endometrial cancer.

Keywords: cytokine-induced killer cells, endometrial cancer, immunotherapy, combination therapy

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