A causal link between the gut microbiome and the immune system’s ability to fight cancer has been shown in a worldwide collaborative study. The researchers identified a cocktail of 11 bacterial strains that activated the immune system and slowed the growth of melanoma in mice. The study also points to the role of unfolded protein… Read more

An international team of researchers has revealed a new mechanism to ‘activate’ the immune system against cancer. The mechanism allows immune cells to detect and destroy cancer cells better than before, according to a study led by Prof. Nick Haining, of Harvard Medical School, and co-authored by Prof. Erez Levanon, doctoral student Ilana Buchumansky, of… Read more

A UCLA-led research team has developed a sprayed gel embedded with immune-boosting drugs that could help cancer tumour recurrence after surgery. Many people who are diagnosed with cancer will undergo some type of surgery to treat their disease — almost 95 percent of people with early-diagnosed breast cancer will require surgery and it’s often the… Read more

A new cellular immunotherapy for multiple sclerosis (MS) has improved symptoms and quality of life for the majority of patients in a world-first clinical trial. The treatment targets the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). In 2003, a theory formulated by University of Queensland and Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH) researcher Professor Michael Pender, proposed that MS… Read more

A virus that kills carcinoma cells has been combined by scientists with a protein so it can also target and kill adjacent cells that are tricked into shielding the cancer from the immune system. This is the first time that cancer-associated fibroblasts within solid tumors – healthy cells that are tricked into protecting the cancer… Read more