We already know how incredible our body’s immune system is in attacking invading bacteria and viruses, and restoring us to health following an ailment, but the current outcomes from a report by Cardiff University are positioned to bring a new and unforeseen advancement: halting cancer in its tracks.
Medical researchers uncovered a certain type of immune cell, a T-cell, found in our blood, which is able to scan and eliminate threats – including a wide selection of cancer cells: prostate, colon, kidney, lung, cervical, ovarian, blood, and numerous others. And most astoundingly, all normal tissue is left unchanged.
The newly uncovered T-cell works with a particular molecule on the surface of every cell within our body, known as the MR1 molecule. The hypothesis is that the MR1 is alerting the T-cell of any cancer cell malformations. Garry Dolton, an important part of the research team, states, “We are the first to describe a T-cell that finds MR1 in cancer cells – that hasn’t been done before; this is the first of its kind.”
There is currently a comparable kind of treatment, called CAR-T, which has shown impressive outcomes in bringing individuals from a terminal status to complete remission. However, it’s only shown to be successful in certain forms of cancer, and not “solid cancers” (those that form tumors). This new development has been demonstrated to impact all forms of cancer. Here’s how it is projected to get results:
- Blood is extracted from a patient diagnosed with cancer.
- The blood is filtered to take out T-cells.
- A specific variety of innocuous virus is injected into the T-cells, allowing them to pick up on cancer cells.
- These cells are then duplicated in a lab, and put back into the individual.
Studies have been tremendously effective in animal trials, and with additional safety checks, the next phase is going to be human trials. As indicated by Daniel Davis, professor of immunology at the University of Manchester, “There is no question that it’s a very exciting discovery, both for advancing our basic knowledge about the immune system and for the possibility of future new medicines.”
As we watch and wait for additional information on this advancement, you can count on Atlanta Home Care Partners when it comes to the best quality care for individuals with cancer as well as other chronic conditions. Just a few of the many ways we can help include:
- Meal planning and preparation, specific to any dietary restrictions or difficulties
- Friendly companionship
- Light housekeeping and laundry
- Running errands, for example, picking up prescriptions and food shopping
- Transportation to physician appointments/procedures and enjoyable outings
- And more
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