Paradigm shift in cancer therapy
WHATS IN THIS BLOG:
• Tennis ball tumors.
• 90 billion cancer-killing cells.
• Highly experimental, but…..
I have reported on immunotherapy in treating cancer before (click HERE). After 50 years of research, this technique is beginning to pay off. I think that within 5 years we will see MANY success stories like the one below. And for ALL KINDS of cancer.
The following is excerpted from a STORY by James Gallagher, Health and Science correspondent, BBC News, 4 June 2018.
TENNIS BALL TUMORS.
The life of a woman with terminal breast cancer has been saved by a pioneering new therapy, say US researchers.
She had tennis ball-sized tumors in her liver and secondary cancers throughout her body. Judy Perkins had been given three months to live, but two years later there is no sign of cancer in her body.
Now she’s filling her life with backpacking and sea kayaking and has just taken a five-week trip circumnavigating Florida.
Dr Steven Rosenberg, chief of surgery at the National Cancer Institute, told the BBC: “We’re talking about the most highly personalized treatment imaginable.”
90 BILLION CANCER-KILLING CELLS.
It remains experimental and still requires more testing before it can be used more widely, but this is how it works: it starts by getting to know the enemy.
A patient’s tumor is genetically analyzed to identify the rare changes that might make the cancer visible to the immune system. Out of the 62 genetic abnormalities in this patient, only four were potential lines of attack.
The scientists screen the patient’s white blood cells and extract those capable of attacking the cancer. These are then grown in huge quantities in the laboratory.
Around 90 billion were injected back into the 49-year-old patient, alongside drugs to take the brakes off the immune system.
HIGHLY EXPERIMENTAL, BUT…..
The challenge so far in cancer immunotherapy is it tends to work spectacularly for some patients, but the majority do not benefit.
Dr Rosenberg added: “This is highly experimental and we’re just learning how to do this, but potentially it is applicable to any cancer. At lot of works needs to be done, but the potential exists for a paradigm shift in cancer therapy – a unique drug for every cancer patient – it is very different to any other kind of treatment.
Commenting on the findings, Dr Simon Vincent, director of research at Breast Cancer Now, said the research was “world class”. He told the BBC: “We think this is a remarkable result. There’s a huge amount of work that needs to be done, but potentially it could open up a whole new area of therapy for a large number of people.
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Thanks for the good news regarding this new cancer immunotherapy method. It appears to be a very promising approach. A friend of mine died a few months ago, and she had tried immunotherapy as well as chemo and radiation with no lasting success. Although she didn’t smoke, she had been fighting stage 4 lung cancer for over 2 years.
I’m sorry to hear about your friend John. I lost a step-daughter about 3 months ago to cancer. But from my reading, I think immunotherapy is the most promising technique in decades. I can see hopes rising with each year of research and experimental trials.
Hi Karen, the thought of genetically testing each individual’s cancer and then hitting it with a hundred billion immune cells is amazing! Its a very exciting time in cancer research.
I’ve known for years that the cancer answer is not chemotherapy. If I knew this, why didn’t doctors and those who were trying to find a cure? I’ve seen cures at the Natural Health Wheat Grass Institute (San Diego and Austin) with nothing except prayer, live foods and exercise. I’m thankful for Immunotherapy!
Many doctors don’t trust alternative healing methods. I was astonished when my GP (I had a high opinion of him) scoffed at Dr Weil, the integrative doctor. The book called Radical Remission that I blogged about earlier pointed to alternative cancer healings and why cancer specialists ignored these methods. I would anticipate that “blunt” treatments like chemo and radiation would be replaced by “pinpoint” immunotherapies in the next 5 years. Thanks for sharing, Barbara.
Ian this is a very relevant post for me. Two of my friends have been diagnosed with cancer. The selected treatment for one man was not effective, and no other treatment seems promising. My other friend was diagnosed with aggressive lung cancer. This man has never used tobacco or been exposed to secondhand smoke to a great degree. I was told today that they are using a targeting drug for his treatment. They will only find out if it is effective in his case some time in September. Seems like a long time to wait for evidence of positive results. Thank you for addressing hopeful cancer treatments, a subject that has or will affect most families in America. Also thank you for the account of the woman being healed through faith, by touching the Savior’s garment.
A targeting drug sounds like a drug chosen for a particular type of cancer, and this would be a case of individualized medicine. This seems to be the future of cancer treatments — analyzing the cancer type before matching the treatment meds to the cancer. The immunotherapy approach in my blog seems to be an ultimate application of this method. Thanks for sharing.