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Killing Cancer Cells with the Help of Infrared Light – Photoimmunotherapy
Near-infrared photoimmunotherapy uses an antibody–photoabsorber conjugate that binds to cancer cells. When near-infrared light is applied, the cells swell and then burst, causing the cancer cell to die. Photoimmunotherapy is in clinical trials in patients with inoperable tumors.
The NCI Data Catalog includes links to data collections produced by major NCI initiatives and other widely used data sets.
NCI-supported scientists explain key aspects of basic and clinical cancer research; describe how and why they became cancer researchers, with advice for students; and offer their perspectives on a range of challenges and achievements in cancer research.
NCI established the RAS Initiative to explore innovative approaches for attacking the proteins encoded by mutant forms of the KRAS gene and to ultimately create effective, new therapies.