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The Immune Health Future, Today

Breaking the code of the immune system could provide a new fundamental way of understanding, treating, and preventing every type of disease. Penn Medicine is investing in key discoveries and building infrastructure to make that bold idea a reality.

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Building on the Body’s Wisdom: The Age of Immunotherapy

Treatments that manipulate or repair the immune system are becoming more commonplace. An age of immunotherapy is underway in medicine, starting with lifesaving cancer treatments and radiating out to have wider impacts.

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Life, Gained: Walter Styer’s CAR T Story

Penn patient Walter Styer’s 11 life-filled years (and counting), after being the 10th participant in an early trial, are a testament to the impact of CAR T cell immunotherapy.

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Engineering the Immune System to Tackle Solid Tumors

Scientists are still learning how to help CAR T cells evade the body’s defenses so they can effectively treat cancers in the breasts, brain, lungs, pancreas, and other organs.

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