A team of Stanford ChEM-H scientists has discovered a novel form of cancer immunotherapy, drug which works by removing certain sugars from the surface of cancer cells and making those cells visible to the immune system.
Cancer has proven to be a wily foe, patient in part because the cells are so effective at hypnotizing the immune system that should act to destroy them.
In recent years, cancer therapies that activate the body’s own immune system to destroy tumors have improved the odds against some cancers, including formerly incurable skin cancers like that afflicting former President Jimmy Carter. But the immunotherapies currently available only activate one arm of the multi-pronged immune system – the adaptive immune system – and aren’t always effective.
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