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Cancer cure: Scientists discover part of immune system that can potentially treat all cancer
As more advancements in technology and medicine are introduced, we become one step closer to finding cures for diseases that would seem almost incurable, such as cancer. While there is no definite cure for this condition, a new report reveals some scientists have discovered a potential type of treatment that can be found in the immune system.
BBC reports that researchers from Cardiff University discovered a T-cell in the blood that can attack cancerous cells in the body through some lab tests. These T-cells work by assessing potential threats in the body, and the researchers believe that this particular T-cell can be the key to a new type of treatment for cancer. According to Professor Andrew Sewell, this would give hope to the possibility of a “one size fits all” cancer cure. Professor Sewell added that nobody would have thought this was possible.
T-cells have receptors that allow them to identify and kill a wide range of cancerous cells, as the researchers have found in their lab tests. At the same time, these T-cells left the normal tissues intact. It also interacts with a molecule named MR1, which is believed to be the component that flags distorted metabolism that occurs in a cancer cell. Fellow researcher Garry Dolton stated, “we are the first to describe a T-cell that finds MR1 in cancer cells - that hasn’t been done before, this is the first of its kind.”
Using immunotherapy in cancer treatment is becoming increasingly popular in recent years and is a game-changer in the field of cancer treatment. It bears noting that T-cell therapies already exist in this field, the most famous of which is CAR-T therapy, which is essentially genetically engineering the T-cells of a cancer patient to destroy cancer. However, while it is a very effective type of treatment, CAR-T therapy can be very specific and can only cure certain types of cancer. The researchers believe that their T-cell receptor could become a “universal” cancer cure.
Meanwhile, a question that has come up when it comes to cancer treatment is the use of cannabis. Cannabis is used as a type of therapy for certain conditions, so it might be worth wondering if it can help treat cancer as well. Unfortunately, according to two seasoned cannabis researchers, it is not. However, according to these researchers, it is understandable why many people would find using cannabinoids as a solution due to the preclinical evidence they found through analyzing various studies.