CANCER THINKS ABOUT GIVING IN
Terminal breast cancer is no longer a death sentence. American doctors have cured a Florida patient through immune therapy.
During treatment, about 100 million immune cells were poured into the bloodstream. Whose cells, you may ask? Her own.
Just a couple of years ago, she was given a time frame – 3 months. But today, there’s no trace of a tumor.
Recently in the United States, people with deadly conditions that cannot be treated with mainstream medicine have been allowed to receive experimental treatments.
Fortunately, Judy, who had already had metastasis, received permission before this went in effect. And the tumor was the size of an orange.
Within a week of starting therapy, she started to feel that the “orange” was shrinking, and within two weeks it had disappeared completely.
When the MRI showed that it was gone, Judy wasn’t the only one rejoicing.
But again, everyone celebrated a little too early. The enemy is cunning and very strong. It’s clear, however, that large-scale testing will now begin.
It isn’t a simple process – cancer cells are examined at the genetic level to identify mutations that make them visible to the immune system. Of the 62 mutations present in the tumor, there were four that could be used to attack the cancer. Body is fighting the tumor in the most organic way, which makes it possible to do without an operation.
The immune system works but often folds in the face of such a terrible opponent. Here, however, it is greatly strengthened. By isolating cells that are capable of fighting the cancer, scientists can replicate them in the laboratory and create an “army”.
As a result, mutations leading to cancer turn out to be its own kryptonite.
The sad part is that immune therapy isn’t very effective yet. So far it only helps sometimes. The paradigm hasn’t yet been finalized.
On the other hand, in the case with Judy, it seems that this will someday become a classic, especially since breast cancer is one of the most common forms. It seems to be that this is the starting line, and we’re on our way to a stunning victory.
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