Unlike what they would have you believe, there are many ways to kill the cancer cat, here’s a new one.Summary: A doctor isolated the exact white blood cells that were attacking a woman’s cancer already (but there were not enough of them doing it.) He" then grew billions of those exact cells rapidly in a cell culture and administered them to her via IV. They attacked the cancer and killed it. That was a very unique approach to solving a problem. Kudos. The actual report text follows:
(so you know if they reported this it is probably not a click bait hoax, despite the fact that the BBC is mostly a hoax) Not this time.The life of a woman with terminal breast cancer has been saved by a pioneering new therapy, say US researchers.
It involved pumping 90 billion cancer-killing immune cells into her body.
Judy Perkins had been given three months to live, but two years later there is no sign of cancer in her body.
The team at the US National Cancer Institute says the therapy is still experimental, but could transform the treatment of all cancer.
Judy – who lives in Florida – had spreading, advanced breast cancer that could not be treated with conventional therapy.
She had tennis ball-sized tumours in her liver and secondary cancers throughout her body.
She told the BBC: “About a week after [the therapy] I started to feel something, I had a tumour in my chest that I could feel shrinking.
"It took another week or two for it to completely go away.”
She remembers her first scan after the procedure when the medical staff “were all very excited and jumping around”.
It was then she was told that she was likely to be cured.
Now she’s filling her life with backpacking and sea kayaking and has just taken five weeks circumnavigating Florida.
The technology is a “living drug” made from a patient’s own cells at one of the world’s leading centres of cancer research.
Dr Steven Rosenberg, chief of surgery at the National Cancer Institute, told the BBC: “We’re talking about the most highly personalised treatment imaginable.”
It remains experimental and still requires considerably more testing before it can be used more widely, but this is how it works: it starts by getting to know the enemy.
A patient’s tumour is genetically analysed to identify the rare changes that might make the cancer visible to the immune system.
Out of the 62 genetic abnormalities in this patient, only four were potential lines of attack.
Next researchers go hunting. A patient’s immune system will already be attacking the tumour, it’s just losing the fight between white blood cells and cancer.
The scientists screen the patient’s white
blood cells and extract those capable of attacking the cancer.
These are then grown in huge quantities in the laboratory.
Around 90 billion were injected back into the 49-year-old patient, alongside drugs to take the brakes off the immune system.
The BBC report (which is quite detailed)
One correction to the story: Women do not have chests, they have breasts. But not in the “pc” world, which I reject entirely.Yes, that would be an interesting cure for cancer, that would be as good as any.