Cancer treatment – Another quantum leap?

The following is adapted from an article in BBC News dated January 20, 2020. To read the full article, click HERE.

 

HISTORY.

Immunotherapy is adapting our body’s own immune system to better fight cancer cells. It has made enormous progress in the last five years, see HERE. It has good results treating cancers of the blood, such as leukemia, and cancers of the skin such as melanoma. President Jimmy Carter was healed of a tumor of the brain that resulted from melanoma metastasizing. See HERE.

 

Even neck and head cancers have responded to such treatment…see HERE.

 

The researcher who discovered how to adapt the immune system was Dr James Allison. He won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2018 for this work.

It’s an intensive area of testing and research. There are dozens of immunotherapy research efforts in labs across the world, plus thousands of medical trials of potential immunotherapy drugs on people who have cancer.

But so far, the immunotherapy doesn’t work very well for solid tumors, as in breast cancer.

DISCOVERY.

“A newly-discovered part of our immune system could be harnessed to treat all cancers, say scientists.

The Cardiff University team [in the UK] discovered a method of killing prostate, breast, lung and other cancers in lab tests.

The findings, published in Nature Immunology, have not been tested in patients, but the researchers say they have ‘enormous potential’.

Experts said that although the work was still at an early stage, it was very exciting. . .          

T-Cells cancer treatment
T-cells attacking cancer cells. Source: BBC News.

What they found was a [new] T-cell inside people’s blood. This is an immune cell that can scan the body to assess whether there is a threat that needs to be eliminated.

The difference is this one could attack a wide range of cancers. . .

The Cardiff team discovered a T-cell and its receptor that could find and kill a wide range of cancerous cells in the lab including lung, skin, blood, colon, breast, bone, prostate, ovarian, kidney and cervical cancer cells.

Crucially, it left normal tissues untouched.

It raises the prospect of a ‘one-size-fits-all’ cancer treatment, a single type of T-cell that could be capable of destroying many different types of cancers across the population. . .

How CAR-T therapy work in cancer treatment

HOW WOULD IT WORK IN PRACTICE?

The idea is that a blood sample would be taken from a cancer patient.

Their T-cells would be extracted and then genetically modified so they were reprogrammed to make the cancer-finding receptor.

The upgraded cells would be grown in vast quantities in the laboratory and then put back into the patient. It is the same process used to make CAR-T therapies.

However, the research has been tested only in animals and on cells in the laboratory, and more safety checks would be needed before human trials could start.”

TAKEAWAY.

The promise is huge for this silver bullet that might destroy cancers of all kinds.

Intensive lab research and drug trials in cancer immunotherapy are being carried out across the world.

Some in the know have predicted the end of cancer within a decade.

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Karen Larre
Karen Larre
9 months ago

Fabulous update on Immunotherapy! Thanks for sharing. And I LOVE the FracMan book cover!

DonM
DonM
9 months ago

This cancer treatment sounds wonderful. My grandmother died of cancer in 1923, at the young age of forty three. Both of my parents died of cancer, and I know on no one who has not been touched by this dreaded disease. Let’s pray that the human test prove successful, and the treatment is made available to the public very soon. Thanks Ian for relating this good news,

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