Nobel-winning therapy weaponises immune system against cancer

Immunotherapy unleashes the body's immune system to target tumour cells. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • While chemotherapy destroys cancerous cells along with normal cells – often with toxic and debilitating effects on a patient – immunotherapy unleashes the body's immune system to target tumour cells.
  • The goal is to neutralise these molecules so the white blood cells can get to work on the cancer cells.

A revolutionary cancer treatment pioneered by the winners of the 2018 Nobel Prize for Medicine has been hailed as the future of fighting the disease – and it has fewer devastating side effects than chemotherapy.

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