Cancer is such a hot topic these days. More than ever, we hear stories on the news about new treatments. Medical writers are following every little tidbit on how Immunotherapy is the game changer researchers have been waiting for all these years. And it’s true, technology has advanced so fast, it’s allowed old ideas, like the immune system’s ability to turn on cancer in the body, to make it so.
We really didn’t have the ability to engage the immune system until the technology and the science met at a crossroads in the lab.
It’s all good news for the patient and really bad news for cancers. Sounds like the perfect combination to me. Now it’s about getting the really bad cancers to respond to these immunotherapies. Some are so resistant to this new treatment, but they’re burning the midnight oil in the labs trying to find a key that gets to the heart of these bad guys.
There’s new energy in the cancer labs these days. I see it when I’m around the researchers in the Immunotherapy labs at Hopkins. They know they are on to something very big. Like all cancer research and discovery, we all want the big results NOW. Frankly, I wanted the big results 9 years ago. It just about this time back in 2008, when I watched Leroy’s cancer make it’s big, final push. No one could stop it. The treatments weren’t any kind of a match to the cancer that had traveled to vital organs and bones.
Little did we know, across the street from where he was being treated, the first signs of Immunotherapy working on cancer were bubbling up in the research labs.
He was so close. He never knew. I will always remember how he would look at his doctors and say “What else have you got?”
They’ve got Immunotherapy now and for some it really is a game-changer.