CNN reports on a British study which has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine that shows significant advances in fighting cancer. It uses "immunotheraphy," which in this case means combining two drugs (one already available, and the other about to be). The first drug boosts the body's immune system, while the other helps it recognize otherwise-hidden cancers in order to know what to attack.
Doctors aren't hailing this yet as The Solution, but as another weapon against cancer. Thus far it's been tested against advanced, critical stages of skin melanoma and has shown that in around 60% of the cases the cancer has either stopped growing or decreases. Another encouraging study is being done with lung cancer.
The research is being presented in Chicago at the annual convention of the American Society of Oncologists, which began on Friday. You can read the story here.
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