Normally, the immune cells ignore the cancerous cells., bring them to a healthy product. However, researchers have developed a new type of immunotherapy against cancer, which allows the immune system to deal with degenerate tissues.
The difficulty in curing cancer lies in the fact that our immune system does not perceive that the tissues of cancer are a threat, since, in fact, it is the body's native cells, it becomes too much. But drugs (as a rule, are very large and complex molecules of chemical compounds), which attach to every opportunity, taking them as malicious agents of the outside. The only method of treatment in this case is to deprive a person of the immune protection system and after this action on the tumor.
But now it seems that scientists have managed to avoid this limitation. The new therapy has already shown successfully in the fight against the progressive form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma – tumors of lymphatic tissues, which are not usually practically susceptible to treatment. Currently, doctors continue to experiment, trying to suppress themselves similarly and other forms of cancer "stubborn."
A group of researchers from Mount Sinai Hospital in New York
Tumors are cleverly masked using the so-called immunological control points (TIC), a kind of markers on cell membranes that assure the immune system that is facing the most common cells that do their work and are at their place The new immunotherapy blocks these signatures and allows T cells to do their work. Of course, depending on the type of cancer, this process can take place with varying degrees of success. For example, these non-Hodgkin lymphomas should be, in theory, an excellent candidate for such simple healing, but at the beginning, cancer almost did not respond to therapy. But this problem was solved thanks to two stimulants.
A stimulant is needed to attract dendritic cells to the tumor. The second activates them and makes them produce special chemicals, called antigens, on their surface. Desired posters look and help T cells and other elements of the immune system to identify the enemy.
As a result, the number of remission of cancer in animal testing has doubled, while human trials are currently in the active phase and have already shown the first positive results. Of course, it will be a long time before the new therapy is studied sufficiently and is "current"; However, the simple fact of involving the immune system in the fight against cancer is an important medical breakthrough.