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    Default Immune discovery 'may treat all cancer'

    James Gallagher
    20 January 2020

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

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    Default Re: Immune discovery 'may treat all cancer'

    Wow!! "..may treat ALL cancer.." is a pretty bold claim. Lol. That aside, immunotherapy cancer treatment--the kind talked about in this article--is a big deal and ultimately the answer to curing cancer of all types. Researchers are correct to issue caution because what works in a lab may not work on humans. Based on my limited understanding, the body's immune system's "killer cells" are always hunting and killing cancer cells. But, over time, cancer cells can change their makeup and make them undetectable to killer cells. Immune killer cells can't kill what they can't detect. So, the key to any immunotherapy is to be able to outsmart the ever-changing cancer cells and kill most of it before it morphs into something that killer cells can no longer detect. That's why something that works in a lab may not stand a chance when applied to human patients. But, this is definitely a step in the right direction, IMHO.
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