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Checkpoint blockade and adoptive immunotherapy are two examples of the fourth and newest pillar of cancer therapy. from shutterstock.com

The fourth pillar: how we’re arming the immune system to help fight cancer

New treatment options for cancer have flowed from our knowledge of how cells work, including the realisation the patient’s own immune system is a powerful agent in defeating cancer.
Understanding the DNA of tumours allows researchers to target treatment to each individual. Erika/Flickr

How cancer doctors use personalised medicine to target variations unique to each tumour

Personalised medicine is based on the idea that by understanding the specific molecular code of a person’s disease, and particularly its genetic makeup, we can more accurately tailor treatment.
Keytruda® targets a protein on the surface of immune cells that stopped them from attacking the melanoma cells. Australis Photography/Shutterstock

Explainer: how does Keytruda treat melanoma and why is it so costly?

Keytruda® is the latest drug to be registered in Australia for the treatment of widespread melanoma. But we must wait to see if it meets the cost-effectiveness targets for PBS subsidisation.
They have cancer in their sights. StephenMitchell/Flickr

New cancer-huntingnano-robots’ to seek and destroy tumours

It sounds like a scene from a science fiction novel – an army of tiny weaponised robots travelling around a human body, hunting down malignant tumours and destroying them from within. But research in Nature…
Good news, we have stopped the spread of cancer. National Cancer Institute

Nanoparticles cause cancer cells to die and stop spreading

More than nine in ten cancer-related deaths occur because of metastasis, the spread of cancer cells from a primary tumour…
Before a new drug can be tested in humans it must undergo comprehensive preclinical screening and testing. Flickr / SandiaLabs

Where’s my cure for cancer?

It seems that every week a major breakthrough in the understanding of cancer is announced in the media. So where are all the drugs that should flow from these discoveries? Unfortunately, the road from…
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Swarms of robots could fight cancer (with your help)

Cancer researchers are not shy of using nanotechnology. Their work is making promising headway into developing safer and more effective treatments. And now, new developments in the area mean that the general…
Combining complementary medicine with conventional cancer treatment opens up the possibility of drug interactions. hkpuipui99/Flickr

Complementary medicines may put cancer patients’ lives at risk

Recent German research found that more than 70% of people with cancer supplement their regular hospital treatment with complementary and alternative medicine. More worryingly, many do so without advising…

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