WHATS IN THIS BLOG: • What is the immune system and immunotherapy? • How many successful immunotherapy drugs? • Judy Perkins’ amazing cure.
WHAT IS IMMUNOTHERAPY? The immune system is designed to mount an offense against unwanted intrusions in the body: bacteria, viruses, cancer cells.
Cancer however is tricky. Malignant cancer cells develop from normal cells that grow out of control. And the immune system is programmed NOT to attack the body’s own cells.
Scientists have found ways to retrain the immune system to recognize and destroy cancer cells. Two of them just shared a Nobel prize – Dr James Allison of MD Anderson Cancer Center and Dr Tasuku Honjo of Kyoto University. Back in the 1990s they independently discovered ways in which the immune system is blocked from attacking cancer cells.… More