9 things you need to know before you get the allergy shots

Allergy shots may require a lot of time and effort, but the benefits of allergy shots can be life-changing and long-lasting for people of all ages. Their effectiveness for children and young adults is well known, and a 2016 study also found that they can be effective for older adults as well

9 things you need to know before you get the allergy shotsDo allergy shots really work? Allergies—whether they’re seasonal or year-round—can put a serious damper on quality of life; in some cases, they can even be deadly. But for certain types of allergies, allergen immunotherapy (commonly known as allergy shots) can be a big help. They may require a lot of time and effort, but the […]

Woman fights 7 tumours in her body using 100 billion cells of her own immune system

Celine Ryan, 50, has an unusual genetic makeup that allowed treatment to work. She is now cancer-free, though not considered cured. Treatment was a form of immunotherapy

Woman fights 7 tumours in her body using 100 billion cells of her own immune systemThe remarkable recovery of a woman with advanced colon cancer, after treatment with cells from her own immune system, may lead to new options for thousands of other patients with colon or pancreatic cancer, researchers are reporting. Her treatment was the first to successfully target a common cancer mutation that scientists have tried to attack […]

Cancer: Novel way to track rare T cells can improve immunotherapy

While the idea of using T cells looked promising in theory, scientists now face a number of hurdles before turning it into practice. One such challenge - the focus of the new study - is how to identify a readily accessible pool of tumor-specific T cells

Cancer: Novel way to track rare T cells can improve immunotherapyThe study – published in the journal Science Immunology – is the work of a team led by researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch) in Seattle, WA. Immunotherapy is an exciting new field in the fight against cancer that uses cells from the patient’s own immune system to tackle the disease. […]

This is why cancer treatment should be tailor-made for each patient

The future of cancer treatment may eventually transition from ‘one pill for all’ to ‘an individualized treatment’ based on each patient’s cancer

This is why cancer treatment should be tailor-made for each patientThe major differences between the traditional treatment means of cancer, namely chemotherapy and radiation and what are now termed as ‘revolutionary’ immune-based therapies are as follows. The so called chemo drugs are largely nonspecific in that they are equally toxic to cancer and normal cells. Thus, in spite of their proven efficacy in controlling a […]

How immunotherapy is a renewing promise for treating cervical cancer

Rather than directly attacking cancer cells, this therapy strengthens and trains the patient's own immune cells to fight the disease

How immunotherapy is a renewing promise for treating cervical cancerDoctors were bewildered when they went through the case sheet of a woman who was diagnosed with advanced stage cervical cancer nearly 10 years ago. More than a year after a full dose of radiotherapy, cancer had spread to the lung. By then the disease should have claimed her life. Yet, she continues to visit […]