Dendritic Cell Therapy as an alternative cancer therapy was identified in 1973 by Ralph Steinman and Zanvil Cohn. Steinman was later awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in medicine and physiology.
In this therapy, a vaccine of dendritic cells, (the most powerful antigen-producing cells which form part of the body’s helper immune system), is administered to the patient. These cells help prepare T-cells to fight cancer cells. A recent study concluded that the DC vaccine was able to induce an immune response and effectively eliminate tumor cells, thereby improving one’s quality of life and prolonging patients’ lives