‘Living drug’ kills leukemia cancer cells in 88 percent of patients

 

A new approach to killing cancer cells that uses a patient’s own immune system has beaten back leukemia in 88 percent of adults, US researchers said today.

The report by scientists in New York offers more good news for the burgeoning field of cancer immunotherapy, which uses what some describe as a “living drug” that was hailed by Science magazine as the breakthrough of 2013.

The latest trial, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, involved 16 people with a kind of blood cancer known as adult B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

Some 1,400 people die of ALL in the United States each year, and while it is among the most treatable cancers, patients often become resistant to chemotherapy and eventually relapse.

 

ATS Source  http://www.financialexpress.com/news/living-drug-kills-leukemia-cancer-cells-in-88-percent-of-patients/1227642

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