IN THE NEWS
IN THE NEWS
Cancer is the leading cause of death worldwide.
Cancer-related deaths are expected to grow to 20 million by 2030, with devastating physical, psychological, and financial effects for families and society broadly.
Traditional cancer therapies are not ideal.
Traditional treatments are frequently ineffective and can be significantly harmful to the patient with side effects including:
• Heart problems
• Lung damage
• Permanent scarring
• Loss of reproductive capabilities
• Severe pain & sickness
• Loss of limbs & death
Immunotherapy has emerged as an effective
alternative to traditional cancer therapies.
In the last decade, immunotherapies have been developed that stimulate the body's immune system to fight cancer, primarily using T-cells. These early immunotherapies have been successful for some patients, but considerable limitations and challenges remain. In particular, T-cell-based treatments have so far been successful only for certain types of cancers, and only for a fraction of patients with those cancers
What is immunotherapy? A powerful new tool to
Thus far, "Checkpoint Blockade" and "CAR-T Cell" therapies, which both use the T cells of the immune system, have had great success, with Science magazine calling Cancer Immunotherapy the "Breakthrough of the Year" in 2013.
THE CAUSES OF CANCER
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95% of cancers are caused by environmental or lifestyle factors.