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Nancy M. Hardy, M.D., M.A.
Dr. Hardy currently serves as Head of the Prevention and Treatment of Cancer Relapse Section, which is committed to developing interventions based on an emerging understanding of the immunologic bases of graft-versus-tumor (GVT). Under NCI-11-C-0125, NCT01326728 - Relapsed Hematologic Malignancy After Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation: Screening, Disease Characterization and Natural History, Dr. Hardy studies clinical and laboratory parameters of immune function in recipients of allogeneic stem cell transplantation, comparing individuals with sustained remission with those who have cancer progression in order to identify potential predictors of GVT potency. This study also provides a platform for comprehensive screening of individuals with cancer progression after AlloSCT, evaluation of the clinical features of post-AlloSCT cancer progression, and prospective clinical and immunologic assessment of individuals who are treated for cancer after AlloSCT with investigational or conventional regimens.
Under NCI-09-C-0224, NCT00984165 - Pilot Study of Radiation-Enhanced Allogeneic Cell Therapy for Progressive Hematologic Malignancy After Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation, Dr. Hardy is studying whether single-fraction tumor-targeted radiation can rekindle or redirect a systemic anti-tumor response through the 'abscopal effect'. Preliminary results suggest that this is indeed the case, with systemic responses observed in DLI-refractory tumors and in individuals with concurrent cancer progression and chronic GVHD (with simultaneous cGHVD remissions).
Tissue donations from study participants permit exploration of biologic determinants of cancer responses to post-alloSCT interventions. Active collaborations include identification of antigen-specific T-cell and antibody responses after AlloSCT, after progression and following establishment of GVT responses. Hodgkins lymphoma GVT responses are of particular interest, with investigation into the basis of GVT in the setting of recurrent HL's unique chimeric tumor microenvironment after AlloSCT.
This page was last updated on 10/29/2013.