Cancer treatment could see people heal themselves, researchers say

Source: CBC News, May 2018

Dr. Shashi Gujar describes the new melanoma immunotherapy treatment he’s researching with the old adage: give a man a fish and he eats for a day; teach him to fish and he eats for a lifetime.

But in this case, the treatment teaches the immune system to get rid of cancer on its own rather than relying on temporary treatment.

“If we really trained our immune system to identify all the threats that could come on board, that’s it — that’s like the holy grail of your health,” said Gujar, an assistant professor of pathology and a cancer researcher with Dalhousie University’s faculty of medicine.

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