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 […]

Could baking soda be used to improve cancer treatment?

Consuming baking soda may help immunotherapy drugs to fight difficult-to-treat tumours. This cheap and simple intervention may eventually improve current cancer treatments

Could baking soda be used to improve cancer treatment?Within tumours, large portions are deprived of oxygen. Scientists know that these hypoxic regions tend to be the most resistant to treatment. If a cell is unable to access adequate oxygen, it slows down and enters what is known as a quiescent state. The molecular switch mTORC1 is responsible for assessing the situation before telling […]

World first: New immunotherapy method cures advanced stage breast cancer

Immunotherapy is a method dealing with cancer which equips body’s own immune system to tackle it. This method of dealing with cancer is said to be the next big revolution in treating caners, says experts from the country who have already practiced it here

World first: New immunotherapy method cures advanced stage breast cancerIn the latest study published in the journal Nature Medicine it has been established how US based researchers cured breast cancer of a woman whose cancer had even defied chemotherapy. This is the world’s first breast cancer treated with immunotherapy approach. A 49-year-old woman from USA, who was suffering from end stage breast cancer, was […]

Know about the therapies which can help treat cancer

For most people, ‘curable cancers’ are a contradiction. Thousands of men, women and children across the world who have conquered cancer, compel us to break free from this belief. Cancer is curable and newer therapies are chipping in to make a cure possible

Know about the therapies which can help treat cancerFor many years the treatment of cancer was surgery and then came radiation. Chemotherapy was the by-product of the world wars; it was a shotgun remedy killing anything that grew rapidly. Cancer cells grew rapidly and were killed; normal cells that grew rapidly were also killed. The killing of normal cells resulted in side effects. […]

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 […]

Pune doctor uses immune cells from patient’s body to fight cancer  

After all conventional options of cancer treatment began to fail, doctors in Pune decided to treat a patient with immunotherapy as a last means to battle the disease  

Pune doctor uses immune cells from patient’s body to fight cancer  Pune saw its first patient who underwent immunotherapy in the last week. Ramesh Bhise (name changed) (48), who is suffering from prostate cancer, was being treated with the combination of chemotherapy and radiation. But his battle with cancer was far from over. As a last resort, doctors decided to use immunotherapy as a means to […]

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. […]

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 […]