Viral Video Details New Form of Cancer Therapy

July 1, 2013

Michael Kalos, PhD, director of the Translational and Correlative Studies Laboratory and an adjunct associate professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, was interviewed by CKNW, a Vancouver, Canada news radio station, discussing the Penn-developed personalized immunotherapy that was detailed in "Fire with Fire," a short film that went viral last week, garnering more than 2 million views of the video online. "The treatment is profoundly robust,” Kalos says. “A single infusion of these cells -- you get the drug one time, if you want to call it a drug -- grows in your body, reproduces, attacks the tumor, destroys the tumor and then, it survives in your body sort of as a sentinel in case you have anything that comes back." Other outlets that carried stories about "Fire with Fire" included the New York City ABC News affiliate,, and Latinos Post.

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