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A new treatment eliminates cancerous tumors of various types throughout the body

There are more than a hundred different types of cancer, each with its own growth pattern and weak points. It is not possible, of course, to invent one medicine that will suit everyone. But what if we could stimulate the body's immune system to attack the cancerous tumors with the entire arsenal of sophisticated weapons at its disposal?

Cytotoxic T white blood cells (in red) attack a cancer cell. Illustration: Elena Serda, Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health.
White blood cells (in red) attack a cancer cell. Illustration: Elena Serda, Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health.

This is exactly what researchers at Stanford University did, who showed that by activating white blood cells in the tumor area, the immune system eliminates the tumor on the spot - and not only that, but it goes into action throughout the body, and also kills secondary tumors of the same type that have managed to spread to other areas.

Oh, and if that's not enough, it turns out that the treatment also protects against future tumors.

So now that we've covered the hype, let's take a look in the study itself (Link here).

First of all, this is the laboratory of a distinguished researcher - Ronald Levy, professor of oncology - who has already acquired a reputation in the field of "immunotherapy for cancer" - that is, the use of the immune system to fight cancer. Previous research from his laboratory led to the development of the innovative drug rituximab against cancer in humans. In short, it is not a cane killer, and the article itself was published in the scientific journal Science Translational Medicine of the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science. Oh, and a national honor: the Israeli Idit Shagib-Barfi led the research in Levy's lab at Stanford.

And what happens in the research itself? The researchers tried to inject two different substances into tumors in mice. The first substance causes OX40 receptors to appear on the surface of the white blood cells. The second substance - a unique antibody - binds to these receptors and activates them. Then a miraculous thing happens: the cells come out of the coma they were in, sniff their surroundings and realize that they are in the environment of a cancerous growth - exactly the type of threats to the body they are supposed to take care of.

And that's it. That's all it takes. The awakened white blood cells now call all their friends to the party, and together they attack the tumor and eliminate it within twenty days at the most. At the same time, they also pass the message on through the body, and thus the branches of the original tumor are also eliminated throughout the body. According to the press release released by the university, out of 90 mice that underwent the treatment, 87 were cured of the cancer. In the study itself it was written more precisely that only in three out of ninety mice, the cancerous tumors reappeared - but even then, another dose of the treatment was enough to effectively kill the cancer cells.

On other mice, which developed breast cancer spontaneously, the treatment worked in a similar way. The substances injected into the first tumor that emerged provided a type of vaccine against additional tumors of the same type, and significantly extended the lives of the mice.

I guess I don't need to explain that this is an exciting discovery. Since the treatment has also been tested on cancerous tumors of human origin (breast, colon and melanoma), there is good reason to assume that it will be similarly successful in humans. Although the treatment has only been tried on a very limited number of types of cancer so far, as Levy says - "I don't think there is a limit to the type of cancer we can potentially treat..."

Levy envisions a future where doctors will be able to inject the treatment into solid tumors in humans as a way to stop the tumor from spreading. The treatment can also be injected before surgery (intended to dislodge the tumor from the body), to make the immune system eliminate possible extensions or cancer cells that will remain in the body after surgery. These days they are working to open the first clinical study around the treatment. We'll keep our fingers crossed.

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  1. Hello Evelyn, this article deals with a biological experiment done at Stanford University (there is a link to the article above). Between this and the development of a medicine that can help here and now there is a long distance, of several years (of intensive work and experiments) at least. I also don't think that whoever may come here has the knowledge and ability to refer you to appropriate doctors. Perhaps you could show the article to the attending physician and ask if and where similar things are done, or genetic tests are conducted to tailor treatment to the patient.

  2. Hello Roy, I would like to ask:
    I read a review about the fact that in metastases there is a kind of mutation compared to the original tumor (and that's how I understood that it is in almost all metastases) and this is what makes it difficult to treat metastases.
    I understood that in this experiment they actually injected the same tumor into remote areas of the body and although the same treatment was able to deal with the same tumor, in reality, as stated, the mutation makes the treatment difficult since the tumor as stated is different.
    Could you comment on whether additional experiments have been done since then and in general to this claim?
    Thanks in advance

  3. This is what happens when the Jewish mind works in real sciences and not in the humanities and cooking up revolutions and violent coups. If it weren't for the second, there would also be much less anti-Semitism in the world

  4. Roy: Thanks for posting. Two comments: a. It's not an "exciting discovery" but a "stunning discovery" or something stronger. and b. I would suggest, for the sake of completeness, to add a paragraph at the beginning that explains that within every solid tumor there are white blood cells that have reached the tumor, only that the tumor manages to neutralize them so that they remain passive. The treatment in question succeeds in activating these cells.

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