Immune system deserves priority


Physicians could possibly use immunotherapy in cancer patients more effectively. More and more voices are in favor of giving this new treatment before the surgeon removes a tumor instead of afterwards. This could have huge advantages, like a better immune response against the tumor. On May 31st physician-scientist Christian Blank and his colleagues from the Netherlands Cancer Institute, among others, publish new results in the prestigious journal The Lancet Oncology.

With cancer immunotherapy oncologists have added a powerful new weapon to their arsenal of therapeutic strategies. Immunotherapies aim to unleash the patient's immune system against the tumor cells. This strategy works particularly well for some patients, but unfortunately not yet for a larger group. Predicting who will respond to which immunotherapy is a puzzle many people are trying to solve.

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