Using The Body’s Natural Defence System To Battle Cancer

Immuno-oncology, also known as immunotherapy or biological therapy, is a relatively new treatment that uses the body’s immune system to fight cancerous cells. “Cancer cells can manipulate the immune system and make it ineffective,” explains Dr. Michael Smylie, professor of medical oncology at the University of Alberta. “All we’re doing [with immuno-oncology] is reversing that […]

Closing In On A Cure For Blood Cancers Closing In On A Cure For Blood Cancers

RESEARCH ADVANCES White blood cells protect us from infection.  However, these cells can become cancerous, leading to malignancies including leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma. Just 50 years ago, a diagnosis of one of these blood cancers was usually a rapid death-sentence.  We understood very little about how these cancers developed and there were essentially no effective treatments.  […]

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