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Penn State Hershey Transplant Program Uses Assay to Monitor Cell-Mediated Immunity
Date:6/1/2008

ver, for patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy for new malignancy post-transplant, there was a significant decrease in CMI despite a concurrent decrease in the levels of immunosuppressive medications. This suggests that patients' immune competencies change dramatically during active treatment of their cancer.

"It is clear that we can use the ImmuKnow cell function assay to manage immunosuppression more precisely in patients with new malignancy, post-transplant," stated Zakiyah Kadry, M.D., chief, Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery and surgical director of the liver transplant program at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. "The test provides us with the ability to assess patients' immune status more accurately than the traditional monitoring of patients' levels of immunosuppressive drugs." she continued. Dr. Kadry is the senior author of this presentation.

About Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Penn State Hershey Medical Center is one of the leading teaching and research hospitals in the country. The 501-bed Medical Center is a provider of high-level, patient-focused medical care. Annually the Medical Center admits more than 26,000 patients, accepts more than 766,000 outpatient visits, receives nearly 48,000 patients for emergency room visits and performs more than 23,000 surgical procedures. The Medical Center campus also includes Penn State College of Medicine (Penn State University's medical school), Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute, and Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital -- the region's only children's hospital.


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