Researchers May Have Found a Way to Treat All Kinds of Cancer

It is well known that our immune system defends the body against infection and targets cancerous cells.

Published21 Jan 2020, 01:26 PM IST
Cancer
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A team of scientists at Cardiff University has discovered a new part of our immune system that could help treat all cancers, according to a BBC report.

The findings, published in Nature Immunology, have ‘enormous potential’, even though they are yet to be tested in patients, the researchers said.

It is well known that our immune system defends the body against infection and targets cancerous cells. Through this study, the scientists attempted to find ‘unconventional’ ways in which this is done.

They found a T-cell inside people’s blood, which has a ‘receptor’ that can scan the body to assess whether there is a threat that needs to be eliminated, and can attack a wide range of cancers.

Professor Andrew Sewell told the BBC, “There’s a chance here to treat every patient. Previously nobody believed this could be possible.”

It raises the prospect of a ‘one-soce-fits-all’ cancer treatment, a single type of T-cell that could be capable of destroying many different types of cancers across the population.”
Andrew Sewell

More importantly, these don’t attack normal tissues.

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