Chemotherapy is, without a doubt, a potentially life-saving journey. However, during the process of destroying harmful cancer cells, noncancerous cells can be in the crossfire, leading to challenging side effects. The physician will offer guidelines on what cancer patients should do to minimize these effects, but it’s just as important to know what to avoid during chemotherapy. Read more
Confusion. Short-term memory problems. Inability to focus. Could it be Alzheimer’s?
Perhaps; however if you are a cancer survivor, there is another likely culprit that could be at play: chemotherapy. Known as chemotherapy induced cognitive impairment (CICI) or “chemo brain,” effects such as these can continue for months and on occasion even years post-treatment. Read more
We are already aware of how incredible our body’s immune system is in fighting invading bacteria and viruses and restoring us to health following an illness, even so, the most recent conclusions from a report by Cardiff University are poised to generate an innovative and unforeseen advancement: halting cancer in its tracks.
Researchers uncovered a certain kind of immune cell, a T-cell, found in our blood, which can scan and destroy threats – including a wide selection of cancer cells: kidney, prostate, colon, lung, breast, ovarian, cervical, blood, and many others. And incredibly, all normal tissue is left unaffected.
The newly uncovered T-cell works closely with a specific molecule found on the surface of each cell inside our body, known as the MR1 molecule. The theory is that the MR1 is alerting the T-cell of any cancer cell malformations. Garry Dolton, who was a part of the research team, points out, “We are the first to describe a T-cell that finds MR1 in cancer cells – that hasn’t been done before; this is the first of its kind.”
While there is currently a comparable kind of therapy, called CAR-T, that has shown extraordinary outcomes in bringing individuals from a terminal status to complete remission, it is only shown to be effective in specific types of cancer, and not “solid cancers” (those that form tumors). This new cancer treatment has demonstrated thus far to impact all forms of the disease. Here’s how it is projected to get results:
- Blood is extracted from a patient diagnosed with cancer.
- The blood is filtered to remove T-cells.
- A particular variety of harmless virus is injected into the T-cells, allowing them to pick up on cancer cells.
- These cells are then replicated in a lab, and injected back into the patient.
Researchers have been tremendously successful in animal trials, and with additional safety checks, the next step will likely be human trials. As stated by Daniel Davis, professor of immunology at the University of Manchester, “There is no question that it’s a very exciting discovery, both for advancing our basic knowledge about the immune system and for the possibility of future new medicines.”
While we keep an eye out for additional info regarding this new cancer treatment, you can depend upon Responsive Home Care for the finest quality care for individuals with cancer as well as other chronic conditions. Just some of the countless ways we are able to assist you include:
- Meal planning and preparation, specific to any dietary constraints or difficulties
- Cheerful companionship
- Light housekeeping and laundry
- Medication reminders
- Escorting clients to medical appointments/procedures and exciting outings
- And so much more