Queensland scientists have found a way to slow the growth and spread of many forms of cancer, in short they have found the possible cancer cure.
Scientists and researchers from the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane have announced that they have found an antibody that restricts the spread of melanoma, breast, lung and prostate cancer cells.
After the laboratory test, researchers have found that the antibody activates immune cells that fight with cancer cells.
Previously, cancer cells have been camouflaged by a protein that sits on the surface of the immune cells. Professor Mark Smyth, who led the study, said that the research institute had tested the antibody on mice and it activated the rodents’ immune cells to attack the cancer cells, reported The Australian.
Mark Smyth also said that human trials would not be done in 5 years. At the same time, he informed that another 20 studies had been conducted around the world which focus on human immune system and had advanced to patient testing or would start it in the coming year.
Smyth also said that immunotherapy research has become a key player in the cancer treatment research. Immunotherapy uses a person’s own immune system to treat cancer and some other diseases.
He observed, “It’s definitely the future I think. We have surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and immunotherapy is the latest development. I think where we’ll see the greatest advances, is combining those things.”
According to news.com.au, Prof Smyth also talked about the role of protein which he said is to stop immune cells from turning over-active and attack the body’s own healthy cells.
He added, “We’ve previously found that cancers hijack this process and stop the immune system from recognising cancer cells and becoming activated. This allows the cancer to spread through the body.”
The researchers are hoping that the findings in the study will lead to new cancer cure based on immunotherapy.
The findings of the study have been published in the Cancer Discovery Journal in April. The study was a collaborative effort of scientists in America, Japan and Germany.
Cambridge University researches have found, recently, that female sex hormones can help in the treatment of Breast Cancer, scientists have discovered.