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Emerging Tissue Economies: Personalized Immunotherapies and Therapeutic Value in Cancer

Llewellyn, H; (2022) Emerging Tissue Economies: Personalized Immunotherapies and Therapeutic Value in Cancer. Medical Anthropology: Cross Cultural Studies in Health and Illness , 41 (2) pp. 169-182. 10.1080/01459740.2021.1902322. Green open access

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Abstract

New personalized immunotherapies hold considerable promise among cancer communities and are touted by many as the future of oncology. Described as a way to enhance the body’s “natural defense” against cancer, they are made with antigens taken from patients’ own tumor tissue. However, they also set up significant dilemmas for patients who are learning what it is like to participate in an emerging tissue economy and the stakes of exclusion from it. Taking brain tumors as my ethnographic case, I chart the valuations and exchanges that constitute this tissue economy as well as the dilemmas and disparities faced by patients.

Type: Article
Title: Emerging Tissue Economies: Personalized Immunotherapies and Therapeutic Value in Cancer
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/01459740.2021.1902322
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01459740.2021.1902322
Language: English
Additional information: © 2021 The Author(s). Published with license by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http:// creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Keywords: Biovalue, cancer, materiality, personalized immunotherapy, tissue economy, United Kingdom
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10128210
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