Dr. Celestia Higano

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Dr. Celestia Higano

Dr. Celestia Higano is a member of Fred Hutch's Clinical Research Division. She is a medical oncologist specializing in prostate cancer. Higano is a pioneer in testing therapeutic vaccines against prostate cancer, including a drug known as Provenge, whose FDA approval in 2010 made it the first approved therapeutic vaccine for any solid tumor cancer. She is also focused on immunotherapies for solid tumors.

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Overview of Celestia Higano's Research
Stem cell engraftment in MHC-matched and mismatched transplants: development of nonmyeloablative conditioning regimens

Celestia Higano - Brief Curriculum Vitae
Appointments, affiliations and researcher interests

Celestia Higano - Seattle Cancer Care Alliance profile
Dr. Higano is a medical oncologist who specializes in treating prostate, bladder and testicular cancers.

Celestia Higano - UW Medicine Profile
Dr. Higano's research interests are therapeutic vaccines, immunotherapy, paliative care, sexual rehabiliatiosn and adnrogen deprivation therapy. She is a pioneer in testing therapeutic vaccines.

Clinical Research Division
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