Is Immunotherapy the Answer to Cancer Treatment?
The results of new cancer drugs trials have been hailed as spectacular, with one expert claiming the potential for a cure for the disease is “definitely there”.
Immunotherapy, which uses the body’s immune system to attack cancerous cells, proved so effective that in one British-led trial, more than half of patients with advanced melanoma saw tumours shrink or brought under control, according to researchers.
The trials, a number of which have been presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s annual conference in Chicago, could herald a “new era” for cancer treatments.
Professor Roy Herbst, chief of medical oncology at Yale Cancer Centre, described some of the findings as “spectacular”, and said immunotherapy could replace chemotherapy as the standard cancer treatment within the next five years, according to reports.
He told reporters: “I think we are seeing a paradigm shift in the way oncology is being treated.
Dr Emma Smith is the senior science information officer for leading charity, Cancer Research UK
Read more on Sky News
Posted on 9 June, 2015, in Blog, Research, Videos and tagged Cancer Research UK, cancer treatment, Immunotherapy, Little Fighters Cancer Trust, Yale Cancer Centre. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.