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An Under-the-Radar Immune Cell Shows Potential in Fight Against Cancer

By March 2, 2018No Comments

One of the rarest of immune cells, unknown to scientists a decade ago, might prove to be a potent weapon in stopping cancer from spreading in the body, according to new research from the University of British Columbia.

Cancer immunotherapy – harnessing a person’s own immune system to destroy cancerous cells — has taken off in the past few years, as clinical trials have shown that it can be effective for some patients with blood-borne cancers, such as lymphoma. But it can also have severe side effects, and has been less successful in treating solid tumours.