techfun89 writes "Human tumors transplanted into lab mice disappeared or shrank when scientists treated the mice with a single antibody, this according to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine. A protein flag (CD47) on the cancer cells is masked, which protects them from macrophages and other cells in the immune system. The findings were done with human breast, ovarian, colon, bladder, brain, liver and prostate cancer samples.
As each day goes by, scientists and doctors are finding new ways to attack cancer cells, such as this antibody treatment and other methods like the engineered virus treatment. The results of the antibody treatments are certainly promising and hopefully can be expanded into human clinical trials. Clearly though, there is more work to be done to get a complete understanding of the mechanics of this new technique and perfect it for a variety of situations. The research here will ideally lead to new hope and treatment options for cancer patients in the future."
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