January 21, 2020
Exciting new cancer therapies could be on the horizon after scientists discovered an immune cell that kills off multiple forms of the disease.
The new T-cells, which are a type of white blood cell, recognised and destroyed most types of cancers while leaving healthy tissue unscathed.
Researchers at Cardiff University say the new tumour-killing cell may one day provide a ‘one-size’ fits all cancer treatment which was once believed to be impossible.
But their latest study only looked at the T-cells’ effectiveness on cancer grown in a laboratory.
Animal and eventually human studies will be needed to test its true tumour-destroying abilities.
Doctors have for years been using a treatment called CAR-T therapy, which involves extracting patients’ own immune cells and genetically modifying them.
The form of immunotherapy sees the T-cells returned to the sufferer’s blood where they hunt and destroy cancer cells.
But the treatment only targets a limited number of cancers – including blood and bone marrow – and has not been successful for solid tumours, which make up the majority of disease cases.
This article was posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 6:12 am