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Clinical and Developmental Immunology
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 195691, 12 pages
Clinical Study

Autologous CIK Cell Immunotherapy in Patients with Renal Cell Carcinoma after Radical Nephrectomy

1Biotherapeutic Department, Chinese PLA General Hospital, Beijing 100853, China
2Department of Cadre Health Care, Naval General Hospital, Beijing 100048, China

Received 30 September 2013; Accepted 13 November 2013

Academic Editor: Eyad Elkord

Copyright © 2013 Yajing Zhang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. To evaluate the efficacy of autologous cytokine-induced killer (CIK) cells in patients with renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Methods. 20 patients diagnosed with TNM stage I or II RCC were randomly divided into two groups, a CIK cell treatment group and a control group. The endpoint was progression-free survival (PFS) evaluated by Kaplan-Meier analyses. Results. CD3+, CD3+/CD8+, CD3+/CD4+, and CD3+/CD56+ levels increased after CIK cell culture ( ). The median PFS in CIK cell treatment group was significantly longer than that in control group (PFS, 32.2 months versus 21.6 months; log-rank, ), all patients were alive during the course of followup, and there are no statistically significant differences between two groups in OS (log-rank, ). Grade III or greater adverse events were not observed. Conclusions. CIK cells treatment could prolong survival in patients with RCC after radical nephrectomy and showed acceptable curative effect with potential enhancement of cellular immune function. This trial is registered with NCT01799083.