Woman's Own Immune System Helps Fight Cancer


“The next step will be to determine why it isn’t effective for certain patients and figure out a way to make it work for them. Right now therapies use a patient’s own immune system to recognize a tumor, but they can’t yet be customized for each unique immune system or cancer,” he said.

Currently, at least seven drug companies are testing some form of immunotherapy for treating cancer. Atkins said he expected several drugs to be approved for wider use by the end of this year and several more by the end of next year.

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