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    From New Scientist. 23 November. Page 6.

    Medical researchers have achieve some amazing new treatments for various cancers. They take the body's normal immune system T-cells, remove them, and genetically modify them to recognise a specific chemical. The T-cells reintroduced into the body then seek out and destroy cells with those specific chemical markers.

    Acute lymphoplasitc leukemia is a very nasty version, hard to treat. Five people with that cancer, and treated this way, were in long term remission. Note that a 'cure' requires 5 years with no sign of cancer, and this treatment is still too new to use this definition of a 'cure'.

    In another case, 16 out of 20 people with myeloid myeloma have been in remission for 2 years. Another case was a woman with synovial sarcoma, who was so badly affected that she had more than 200 secondary tumours. She would normally be expected to die. But she had the treatment and has now had 9 months with no sign of any tumours at all.

    Maybe I am being optimistic, but it looks as though a heap of cancers will be curable soon.


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    I pointed out recently that I had noticed a trend in treating cancer as well as bacterial and viral infections with genetically modified leukocytes, bacteria, etc. It seems promising as obviously living organisms are much more capable of targeting specific things as opposed to chemicals floating randomly through the body. I read an article last year that was very similar to what you posted, where scientists modified the patients' t-lymphs to treat ALL/CLL. This was research out of the University of Pennsylvania. Do you know where yours was performed? Just curious to see if it's the same group reproducing their results or others able to do the same thing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mat5592 View Post
    I pointed out recently that I had noticed a trend in treating cancer as well as bacterial and viral infections with genetically modified leukocytes, bacteria, etc. It seems promising as obviously living organisms are much more capable of targeting specific things as opposed to chemicals floating randomly through the body. I read an article last year that was very similar to what you posted, where scientists modified the patients' t-lymphs to treat ALL/CLL. This was research out of the University of Pennsylvania. Do you know where yours was performed? Just curious to see if it's the same group reproducing their results or others able to do the same thing.

    Are you referring to post #12 in my thread?

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    Medical researchers have achieve some amazing new treatments for various cancers. They take the body's normal immune system T-cells, remove them, and genetically modify them to recognise a specific chemical. The T-cells reintroduced into the body then seek out and destroy cells with those specific chemical markers.

    That is good news, member skeptic.
    Cancer is a horrible collection of diseases and the sooner science develops novel approaches to cure it, the better.
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    Yes, that was what I was referring to Cogito.
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    so vague...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bio View Post
    so vague...
    As is this post
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    Quote Originally Posted by mat5592 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by bio View Post
    so vague...
    As is this post
    Gotta admit, though, it's down and dirty, and right to the point. jocular
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    Quote Originally Posted by mat5592 View Post
    I pointed out recently that I had noticed a trend in treating cancer as well as bacterial and viral infections with genetically modified leukocytes, bacteria, etc. It seems promising as obviously living organisms are much more capable of targeting specific things as opposed to chemicals floating randomly through the body. I read an article last year that was very similar to what you posted, where scientists modified the patients' t-lymphs to treat ALL/CLL. This was research out of the University of Pennsylvania. Do you know where yours was performed? Just curious to see if it's the same group reproducing their results or others able to do the same thing.
    Beyond any doubt in my mind, given the level of scale of cellular afflictions, cellular relief from them poses the most logical means of relief. Simply stated, microscopic-sized cells go berserk, microscopic-sized cells stand the best chance of stopping them. jocular
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