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#1 [Permalink] Posted on 21st January 2020 11:43

What have they found?

Our immune system is our body's natural defence against infection, but it also attacks cancerous cells.

The scientists were looking for "unconventional" and previously undiscovered ways the immune system naturally attacks tumours.

What they found was a 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.

"There's a chance here to treat every patient," researcher Prof Andrew Sewell told the BBC.

He added: "Previously nobody believed this could be possible.

"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."

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#2 [Permalink] Posted on 23rd January 2020 10:57

This works on similar principles as the vaccine for crohns disease.

The crohns disease vaccine is entering phase 2 of testing. Phase 1 was tested on healthy people and passed the safety tests. Phase 2 will be tested on crohns patients.

The crohns vaccine works on the premise that (some) Crohn's is caused by a bacteria. This bacteria has also been implicated in other illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, diabetes etc. Maybe the vaccine will help other illnesses as well.

The vaccine works by training the T cells to recognise and eliminate the bacteria. There are also other similar medications being tested in Canada and London.

In regards to this cancer immunotherapy, I have read that it might be available for terminally ill people as early as November.
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