Immune system plays an important role in the success and failure of conventional cancer therapy

Earle A Chiles Research Institute, Robert W Franz Cancer Research Center, Providence Cancer Center, Portland, OR 97213, USA. .
Immunotherapy (Impact Factor: 2.07). 02/2012; 4(2):125-8. DOI: 10.2217/imt.11.157
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