Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2020. 9:09 am CST.
By BBN Staff: A new scientific discovery about the human immune system is being looked at internationally as the next big weapon to use in the battle against most cancers.
This week, numerous media houses from various countries reported that Cardiff University in England discovered a cell in the body called the “T-Cell” that was effective in treating prostate, breast, lung and other cancers in lab tests.
The researchers stressed that the research is very basic at this stage and they are nowhere close do developing medicines for patients, but that the discovery has “enormous potential.”
The research findings were published in Nature Immunology, a monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal, on Monday. The researchers explained that the T-Cell is an immune cell that can scan the body to assess whether there is a threat that needs to be eliminated but unlike other immune cells in the body, this one could attack a wide range of cancers.
The BBC, in particular, noted that the research is “exciting” because current immunotherapy treatments for cancer can only help a limited number of patients while harnessing the power of T-Cells could potentially be a universal treatment for cancer.
Every breakthrough in cancer therapy is big news for the world as the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that cancer was responsible for some 9.6 million deaths globally in 2018 (the 2019 data is still unavailable).
Belize is not exempt from its share of cancer deaths, as figures from the Ministry of Health showed that cancers were the second-most cause of death in Belize for the year 2019, claiming a total of 213 lives by their count.
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