Scientists find powerhouses that fight tumors from within

Scientists find powerhouses that fight tumors from within

by Agence France-Presse, RawStory

Lurking deep inside some tumors are “factories” full of immune cells that help the body fight a rearguard action against cancer and are key to helping some patients recover, new research shows.

In recent years doctors have turned to a new treatment for cancer, immunotherapy, which works by leveraging the body’s own immune system to fight tumors.

The technique has largely focused on white blood cells called T-cells, which are “trained” to recognize and attack cancer cells.

But the innovative treatment only works well for around 20 percent of patients, and researchers have been trying to understand why some people respond better than others.

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