What if your own immune system could defeat cancer? This year’s Nobel Prize for medicine, awarded to James Allison and Tasuku Honjo, shines a light on one of the most promising efforts in the fight against the disease.
The treatment, known as the immune checkpoint blockade, gives hope to patients with previously untreatable diagnoses like lung cancer and advanced melanoma. It works by targeting the immune system, prompting the body’s own immune cells to attack dangerous tumours. The Nobel Prize committee said the project was creating “a new pillar in cancer therapy”.
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