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Researchers at Cardiff University have found a method that can kill all types of cancer cells without damaging healthy cells.
So far, the method has not been tested on patients, but laboratory tests indicate that the treatment has enormous potential.
The method is a variant of using T cells in the body's own immune system to attack cancer cells. The problem is that the available therapies must be specialized for each patient. In addition, the T cells have had difficulty in knocking out certain types of tumors.
But now researchers have found a T-cell with a new type of receptor and that cell is effective against all cancers they tested it against. It includes skin, lung, blood, colon, breast, bone, prostate, ovarian, kidney, and uterine cancers.
The hope is therefore that we could actually find the general cure for cancer that we have been searching for for many decades.
So far, the method has only been tested on animals and on human cancer cells in the laboratory environment. But the researchers hope to be able to test the treatment on patients by the end of the year and hopefully have approved treatment in a few years.
Researchers outside the Cardiff group also see great opportunities with the method.
“Without a doubt, this is a very interesting discovery. Both in terms of increasing our knowledge of cancer and of the opportunity to create new medicines ”. This is what Daniel Davis, professor of immunology at the University of Manchester, says in a comment to the BBC.
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