New technology has led to the influx of advancements that have been beneficial to daily life. It has changed the manner in which human beings view things, including those in the medical field.
One of the many aspects that scientists have been spending a bulk of their time on is cancer treatment. Over the years, more and more findings have been made, with a fairly recent one being t-cell therapy as one of the cures. It is said to be a natural method of dealing with the ailment that has claimed millions of lives but had shown a dramatic drop over the last 21 years.
What Is T-Cell Therapy And How Does It Really Work?
A known type of immunotherapy, T-cell therapy is a method that reprograms a patient’s white blood cells to attack the tumors in the body. While medical experts have been studying immunotherapy for decades now, it is only during the past few years when they finally looked deeper into this form of therapy for humans.
In T-cell therapy, the white blood cells are removed from the blood and are genetically modified to have antigen receptors on its surface. After these receptors attach themselves to the proteins on the surface of cancer cells, the T-cells are then sent back to the lab where they are multiplied. After which, they are infused into the bloodstream, leaving the patient with a more potent form of defense through the immune system.
This New Procedure Showing Extraordinary Success
Many experts are now claiming that T-cell therapy has so far been a successful experiment. According to one study, 94% of patients who had acute lymphoblastic leukemia no longer showed symptoms of the illness after going through the procedure.
As reported by researcher Stanley Riddell of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the findings were “unprecedented” in the field of medicine, stating that it is a strong statement to give sick people hope. This was concurred by another researcher Chiara Bonini, who described such developments as a “revolution” and added that the remission rates that were reported are something she has not encountered in more than 15 years.
Experts Say That This Should Be the Last Resort
Because such procedure entails dangerous side effects like the overload of defense cells and cytokine release syndrome, which causes hypertension, fever and neurotoxicity among 20 patients, T-cell therapy is considered as the final option. Riddell also clarified that the procedure is not for everyone, and that it will not be a “save-all.”
As of the moment, Riddell’s team is also working on other uses for T-cell therapy, not just for blood cancer treatment. They are also working on making the procedure a safer one and easier to design. Another factor that is being looked at and tracked is the period wherein patients remain in remission after receiving treatment before they move on to the next phase of trials.
Finding a cure for cancer that would work for a good chunk of patients could very well mark the new age of medicine. But for now, more research is needed to be conducted for T-cell therapy to be, at the very least, a workable method for cancer treatment.