This chapter examines the coordinated effort of cells and blood components to detect and defend against cancers. A discussion of natural (effective) responses to tumor development will investigate the components of immune function to eliminate potentially dangerous precancerous events naturally. This will be followed by a discussion of the challenges faced when protective responses fail and tumors develop, as well as information on cancers of the immune system and the problems that arise when the protective cells themselves become the cause of tumorigenic activity. Finally, aspects of immunodiagnosis and immunoprophylaxis will be addressed.
Introductory Immunology (Second Edition), Basic Concepts for Interdisciplinary Applications, 2019, Pages 123-131,