'Huge' results raise hope for cancer breakthrough

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  1. TLSS_N
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    In early results from a clinical trial, genetically engineered T cells eradicate leukemia cells and thrive. Two of three patients studied have been cancer-free for more than a year. ​
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    A microscopic image shows two T cells binding to beads, depicted in yellow, that cause the cells to divide. After the beads are removed, the T cells are infused into cancer patients. (Dr. Carl June / Penn Medicine)​

    By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times

    August 11, 2011

    In a potential breakthrough in cancer research, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have genetically engineered patients' T cells — a type of white blood cell — to attack cancer cells in advanced cases of a common type of leukemia.

    Two of the three patients who received doses of the designer T cells in a clinical trial have remained cancer-free for more than a year, the researchers said.

    Experts not connected with the trial said the feat was important because it suggested that T cells could be tweaked to kill a range of cancers, including ones of the blood, breast and colon.

    "This is a huge accomplishment — huge," said Dr. Lee M. Nadler, dean for clinical and translational research at Harvard Medical School, who discovered the molecule on cancer cells that the Pennsylvania team's engineered T cells target.

    Findings of the trial were reported Wednesday in two journals.[/p]

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    this isn't the whole article, just a bit under half of it, if you want to read the remainder follow the source.
     
  2. Ace

    Ace GBATemp's Patrick Bateman

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    inb4 T-cells become T-virus [​IMG]
     
  3. Shuji1987

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    I lol'd, thank you!

    On the subject, that's great news! I'm sure this gives a lot of people hope.
     
  4. moerik

    moerik GBAtemp Regular

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    So, this is basicly a 'cure' for cancer?
     
  5. cwstjdenobs

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    It'll be at least 5-7 years before this is proven to work and gets into treatment regimes. Also it may not turn out to be safe, cause more cancers in the long run etc...
     
  6. Qtis

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    Actually this is something that could help people with severe cancer. If you look at a normal medicine description, you will most definitely see side-effects. This is not an exception. Probably will cure some types of cancer, but others will (so far) prevail. Unfortunately..


    -Qtis

    ps. InB4 people saying that I don't care, most of my relatives have died/will die due to cancer. Including me.
     
  7. RupeeClock

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    Not enough data to confirm that, there have been three test subjects.

    It appears the process of engineering the T-cells is on a person to person basis.
     
  8. koimayeul

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    My father passed from cancer few years ago.. with years of research already achieved it's about time to down that bitch disease once and for all [​IMG]
     
  9. MSaki

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    dont bother trying all this fancy expensive stuff with cancer if you read and look closer its not that complex as you think.

    and to koimayeul [​IMG] sorry for your loss
     
  10. shakirmoledina

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    2 out of 3 is still a small number. its a good thing but not a breakthru as yet
     
  11. SamAsh07

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    They should increase the number of cancer patients who get treated with this, this definitely is a step in the right direction and hopefully one day they'll be a cure for Cancer. But that's also a bad thing in its own way, how?? When one disease/virus goes down, another comes up.
     
  12. Slyakin

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    I'm glad that they are working into a non-painful treatment; sure, there will be side-effects, but certainly not on the range of chemotherapy.

    I really hope this will become an easy way to kill cancer. I know that this might not be viable, but any cure is better then no cure.
     
  13. squall23

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    Except that a cancer cure was actually found a few months ago in University of Alberta. The only reason why it's not widespread is because the big pharmaceutical companies apparently can't money off it. Yes, that's right, greed is preventing them from saving people's lives.

    http://nutritiondietnews.com/canadian-rese...erested/853757/
     
  14. Bladexdsl

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    that's fucking retarded it shouldn't be about making fucking $ they should release this world wide right now and finally be rid of this fucking disease that's MORE important!
     
  15. YayMii

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    God damn, my aunt died from breast cancer the day before that article was posted [​IMG]

    (yes, she died on Friday the 13th)
     
  16. Guild McCommunist

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    It is fucking retarded but it's also just money to them. Why make someone pay money for a drug they only need to take once or a few times that rids them of the disease completely when you can make them pay for drugs their entire life that nullify the effects of the disease.

    Pharmaceutical companies are there to prolong your life and make as much money out of that prolonged life as possible.
     
  17. 0ddity

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    Drug companies are just like any other company. They need to make money. That's the point of a company. The products they make happen to help billions of people lead better and longer lives. When people bash drug companies for wanting to make money, they really don't understand how much money it takes to develop a useful drug, put it through clinical trials, and get it approved.
     
  18. GreatZimkogway

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    Great. More people not dying on an already overpopulated planet. Lovely. That's totally what we need.
     
  19. SinHarvest24

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    What?!?


    How would you feel if your close relative/friend contracts cancer or some disease and only have only x amount of time to live? Wouldn't you want to save them, if possible.
     
  20. Nebz

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    I find this to be nice news but I'm not sure if you're joking or if you seriously went out of your way to make seemingly positive news turn to totally negative ._.

    Regardless, nice find TC.