A New Treatment for All Cancer Types Is Almost Here

3d illustration proteins with lymphocytes , t cells or cancer cellsWe have no doubt about how amazing our body’s immune system is in fighting invading bacteria and viruses and restoring us to health following an ailment. Even so, the current conclusions from a study by Cardiff University are positioned to bring an innovative and unforeseen development: stopping cancer in its tracks.

Medical researchers discovered a certain type of immune cell, a T-cell, in our blood, which can scan and eradicate threats – including a wide selection of cancer cells: prostate, colon, kidney, lung, cervical, ovarian, blood, and others. And incredibly, all normal tissue is left unaltered.

The discovered T-cell works in concert with a specific molecule on the surface of every cell throughout our body, known as the MR1 molecule. The theory is that the MR1 is notifying the T-cell of any cancer cell malformations. Garry Dolton, who was a part of the research team, points out, “We are the first to describe a T-cell that finds MR1 in cancer cells – that hasn’t been done before; this is the first of its kind.”

While there is currently a comparable type of therapy, called CAR-T, which has shown remarkable results in bringing patients from a terminal status to complete remission, it is only shown to be successful in certain types of cancer, and not “solid cancers” (those that form tumors). This new breakthrough has shown so far to impact all forms of cancer. Here is how it is projected to work:

  • Blood is obtained from an individual diagnosed with cancer.
  • The blood is filtered to remove T-cells.
  • A particular variety of benign virus is injected into the T-cells, allowing them to pick up on cancer cells.
  • These cells are then replicated in a lab, and injected back into the patient.

Studies have been highly effective in animal trials, and with additional safety checks, the next phase is likely to be human trials. According to Daniel Davis, professor of immunology at the University of Manchester, “There is no question that it’s a very exciting discovery, both for advancing our basic knowledge about the immune system and for the possibility of future new medicines.”

As we keep an eye out for more details on this particular breakthrough, you can rely on Generations at Home when it comes to the top quality care for individuals diagnosed with cancer as well as other long-term conditions. Just a few of the many ways we are able to help include:

  • Meal planning and preparation, specific to virtually any nutritional constraints or challenges
  • Warm and friendly companionship
  • Light housekeeping and laundry
  • Running errands, including picking up medications and grocery shopping
  • Transportation to physician appointments/procedures and enjoyable outings
  • And a whole lot more

Make the initial step to an improved quality of life for an older adult you love. Give us a call at 727-940-3414 and request an in-home meeting.

Today’s Most Recent Cancer News Updates You Need to Know

 young adult female hugging her mother who has cancerEach year since 1999, we’ve achieved an increasing decline in cancer-related deaths, an encouraging trend that’s poised to continue as researchers learn more and more about the causes of cancer and are able to develop new and better treatment methods. Yet cancer is still one of the leading causes of death in America, second only to heart disease – making it all the more crucial to continue to press forward with persistence to find a cure.

Here’s what we’ve learned so far:

  • Diet makes a difference. Although a diet rich in antioxidants can help prevent cell damage (and protect against cancer), a recent study showed that in some cases, cancers take advantage of a nutrient-rich diet, leading to accelerated metastasis. As a result, the recommendation is to avoid antioxidant supplements unless the doctor prescribes them. Get your antioxidants from fruits, veggies, and beans instead, as the additional molecules in the whole food make a difference. Additionally, a link is suspected between sugary drinks (soda, artificially sweetened drinks, and even 100% fruit juice) and an increased risk of cancer.
  • Cancer may develop before birth. In particular, acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is believed to stem from a mutation that develops in utero, triggered when infection is first introduced. The recommendation is to ensure children are exposed to germs in the first year of life, to train the immune system to deal with pathogens and prevent the secondary mutation that triggers leukemia.
  • The focus is shifting to immunotherapy. Those who’ve experienced the ravages of chemotherapy’s side effects will be relieved at the latest treatment advances, which focus on immunotherapy that enables the targeting of only the cancer cells themselves. A clinical trial of a “cancer vaccine,” in conjunction with a light dose of radiation, has already shown promising results.
  • The financial impact can be overwhelming. A large study of 9.5 million cancer patients revealed an average financial loss of over $92,000, as 42% of these patients were required to deplete their life savings to cover the cost of just the first two years of treatment. Authors of the study share, “As large financial burdens have been found to adversely affect access to care and outcomes, the active development of approaches to mitigate these effects among already vulnerable groups remains of key importance.”

If you or a loved one is facing the challenges of cancer, let us help. Our professional in-home care team can prepare healthy meals, pick up prescriptions, provide accompaniment to appointments, and offer the emotional support needed to focus on healing. Contact us at 727-940-3414 for assistance.