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Can we train the immune system to attack prostate cancer?
I have covered this subject in previous posts but as it is continuously developing and I myself am ‘actively’ interested in this area I have dedicated a series of new posts to highlighting the latest developments that might be of interest.
What is Immunotherapy – A Recap
Immunotherapy is an ingenious, effective treatment for many cancers. However, so far it’s had limited success in men with prostate cancer.
“Immunotherapy has revolutionised the treatment of many types of cancer, but so far this approach has only been successful in small numbers of men with prostate cancer. Funding innovative studies that tackle prostate cancer from new angles is vital to stop so many men dying from the disease.” Simon Grieveson
Immunotherapy treatments work by harnessing the power of your own immune system to treat cancer. With the help of these treatments, the immune cells can be trained to recognise intruding cancer cells and attack them.
Your immune system constantly patrols your body to detect and destroy any cells that are abnormal. This includes many early pre-cancerous cells. However, cancer cells will try to outwit the immune system by disguising themselves in a series of ways with genetic changes or surface proteins.
Simon Grieveson, Head of Research, prostate cancer UK : “Immunotherapy has revolutionised the treatment of many types of cancer, but so far this approach has only been successful in small numbers of men with prostate cancer. That’s why we’re investing in research to accelerate progress in this field and help develop more effective treatments for men diagnosed with prostate cancer. Innovative studies that tackle prostate cancer from new angles are vital to stop so many men dying from the disease.”
Please see previous, and next, ‘few’ posts for more detailed information about the latest research.
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