A good cautionary note on some of the recent news on new drugs being testing in trials that harness the body’s own defense mechanisms against cancer. This article explains the science behind this approach, as well as the limits and risks of tampering with the body’s immune system. Quote:
We have had hopes for “new vistas” in cancer treatment before. Some have succeeded, and many have failed. We have had high hopes dashed by the reality of the cancer cell’s ability to defeat our weapons in ways we never imagined. So while the news of the success of this new approach is very exciting, it is likely far from the end of the journey that so many have labored on for so long.