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The Most Promising Cancer Therapy in Decades Is About to Get Better

The Most Promising Cancer Therapy in Decades Is About to Get Better
Tumors contain the seeds of their own destruction. We just need to work out how to activate them.

The rise of immunotherapy has been one of the most startling and promising developments in cancer research for some time. After decades of false starts and dead ends, scientists have finally found effective ways of marshaling the immune system to destroy cancers. Some use drugs called “checkpoint inhibitors” to lift the natural brakes that restrain immune cells, allowing them to go to town on tumors. Others are extracting, engineering, and re-injecting the immune cells themselves. The results have been staggering. Advanced cancers have gone into complete remission. People who were given months to live are still here years later.

 

Full article available at The Atlantic.