Dendritic cells need to be primed with cancerous material (e.g. antigens) that only exist in an affected body. The earlier the therapy is given, the easier it is for the immune system, to fight the cancer. On the other hand – even in terminal stages results may show prolonged life and improved quality of life dependant on the case. As well as a palliative treatment DCT might – if cure is no longer expected – reduce pain and enhance quality of life.