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What are Natural Killer Cells?
Posted: Feb 06, 2023
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HealthTree University: Immunotherapy - NK Cell Therapy

NK (Natural Killer) cells are being used as a new immunotherapy in multiple myeloma. Learn what Natural Killer cells are,  how they work, and how they are being used to treat multiple myeloma. Learn more from these specialists in the videos below and get full access to the NK cell course on HealthTree University. With a HealthTree University account you can track your myeloma progress, make notes, take quizzes to test comprehension, and bookmark favorite lessons.

31.01    What are natural killer cells? What is their job? How do they differ from T-cells?

NK (Natural Killer) cells are a type of white blood cell that play a role in the immune response to infected or cancerous cells. They can recognize and kill cells that have abnormal or altered proteins on their surface, such as viruses or cancer cells, without prior exposure or activation by specific antigens. They also produce cytokines that regulate the immune response.

31.02    Can Natural Killer cells become exhausted?

A decline of NK cell function is a phenomenom known as NK cell exhaustion. Learn how this process works from the doctors in the video above. 

31.03    How are NK cells being used in anti-myeloma therapy?

Find out how NK cell therapy is being used to treat multiple myeloma from the doctors above.

We’d like to thank our faculty who donated their time in creating these videos, including:

  • Nina Shah, MD
  • Shebli Atrash, MD
  • Aaron Rapoport, MD
  • Hareth Nahi MD, PhD

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The author Cynthia Chmielewski

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Cynthia Chmielewski

Cynthia (Cindy) Chmielewski is a professional educator and myeloma advocate. As a former teacher, she now teaches myeloma patients how to advocate for themselves as the Director of HealthTree University. You can follow her on Twitter @myelomateacher

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