How You Can Help
You can help advance these melanoma research initiatives:
- Development of vaccines for melanoma and other cancers
- Adoptive T-cell therapy clinical trials
- Development of targeted therapies for melanoma
Focusing the body's immune cells
Much of our current research focuses on the stimulation of the body’s immune cells against cancer. Specifically, we are trying to stimulate T-cells to kill cancer cells. We are all born with infection and disease fighting T-cells. Our goal is to focus the T-cells against the tumor, so that we can destroy as well as prevent tumors from growing or spreading.
Programming immune cells to attack cancer
Other cells are also important to stimulate the immune system. To sustain an immune “attack” on tumor cells, dendritic cells are thought to play an essential role. Dendritic cells send communication signals to the body’s immune system to produce more T-cells and to program them to be able to recognize and kill the tumor cells.
Applications for other cancers
Successful stimulation of the immune system with vaccines will require an understanding of how best to activate the T-cells and dendritic cells in the body. As we develop new methods to immunize melanoma patients, we will learn concepts that may also be applied to other cancers and infectious diseases.
Fill out our secure Online Donation Form for Melanoma Vaccines
Donate by Mail
Print and complete the Mail-In Form (pdf)
Send the form, with your check made out to MD Anderson Cancer Center, specifying Melanoma Vaccines in the memo line to:
The University of Texas
MD Anderson Cancer Center
P. O. Box 4486
Houston, TX 77210-4486
Donate by Phone
Please call the Development Office at (713) 792-3450 or 800-525-5841 and specify Melanoma Vaccines for your gift.