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Anti-GD2 immunotherapy

Some children with high-risk neuroblastoma are eligible for anti-GD2 immunotherapy with dinutuximab. This treatment prompts the immune system to eliminate tumor cells.

Ordinarily, our immune system destroys foreign and abnormal cells. But neuroblastoma cells are difficult for the immune system to recognize. Your child is therefore given dinutuximab, a GD-2 antibody (anti-GD2).

Dinutuximab binds to GD-2, which sits on the surface of neuroblastoma cells. This sends a signal to the immune system that foreign cells have been identified. The immune system kicks in and destroys these foreign cells (the neuroblastoma cells).

Dinutuximab treatment starts after high dose chemotherapy with autologous stem cell transplantation and continues for approximately six months. Part of the treatment can be administered at home.

All information about this treatment can be found in the brochure entitled Anti-GD2 immunotherapy.

The department enters your child’s treatment details in the brochure entitled Dinutuximab at home for you to take home.

Should you need any further information, please feel free to ask.