Jacques Neefjes, PhD | Authors

Synergizing Radiation Therapy and Immunotherapy for Curing Incurable Cancers

August 01, 2008

Radiation is often considered immunosuppressive, an activity that is most likely a result of the complex interplay of hormesis and the abscopal effect. The abscopal effect, also called the “distant bystander” effect, is a paradoxical effect of radiation on cellular systems whereby local radiation may have an antitumor effect on tumors distant from the site of radiation.