Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Medical Science Marches On

I have reported here on a technique for fighting cancers involving separating the victims T-cells out, reprogramming them to recognize certain cancers, in the case mentioned, leukemia, then putting them back into the patient where they ruthlessly attack and kill the cancer. An impressive trick which worked best on liquid cancers.

It now seems that a lab in Wales has discovered a naturally occurring t-cell that preferentially attacks cancerous cells, but is present only in modest numbers. They have cultured them and injected significant volumes into cancer patients and had some favorable results.
They reportedly discovered a new type of T-cell that carries a receptor that latches onto human cancers but ignores healthy cells.
In fact, the receptor is said to be capable of killing several cancers, including lung, skin, blood, colon, breast, bone, prostate, ovarian, kidney and cervical cancer.
They say that human trials could begin by the end of the year which by health care development standards is  blindingly fast. Since at this point the process involves using the patients own T-cells, the word "drug" does not appear in a description of the therapy so the FDA whose function is to insure that NOTHING gets to the market, in minimally involved.

Coincidentally, two political icons, one of the left, and one of the right, seem to be candidates for the treatment. Rush Limbaugh and Notorious RBG have between them supporters with enough money to outright buy Wales and establish the Limbaugh-Ginsburg Cancer Treatment Center.

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