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Cancer treatment heralds step towards immunotherapy

Treatment for cancer took a positive step forward with the announcement that recent research had developed a way to create improved immune responses to cancer.

The findings were the result of a study carried out at the Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research (CFIBCR) at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto.

Dr Pamela Ohashi, co-director, CFIBCR, commented: "We are extremely excited because our research has revealed the unexpected ways IL-7 works to break down barriers that naturally block the immune response to tumours.

This is important because current vaccine approaches for immune therapy induce a response in just one per cent to three per cent of patients."

Tak Mak, co-author and CFIBCR director, added that the use of immunotherapy to help a patient fight cancer would spare an individual the distressing and harsh side effects of current treatment.

In other news, a study carried out by the Fox Chase Cancer Center has revealed that robotic assisted kidney cancer surgery is more successful than open surgery.

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