Breakthrough for Fighting Cancer

A new way to fight cancer using a person’s own immune cells may offer hope to patients struggling with lung, bladder and gastrointestinal cancers, a local doctor says. “This is another example of the growing field of cancer immunotherapy, which was designated by Science magazine as the breakthrough of the year,” said Craig Devoe, MD, at the Monter Canter Center, part of the North Shore-LIJ Cancer Institute. “It’s something that’s been in development for many years.” Using a technique known as adopted cell therapy, researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) deciphered the genetic makeup of a woman with a deadly type of cancer. Then, they identified cells from her immune system that could target mutations in her malignant cells. The researchers grew those immune cells in a laboratory and infused them back into her bloodstream.

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