The cornerstone of our adaptive immune system is the ability to remember the various infections we have encountered. Quite literally, if it doesn’t kill you, it makes your immune system stronger.
In a remarkably short period of time, drugs that harness the power of the immune system, have been used to successfully treat many cancers.
John McCain was known as a tough fighter and patriot, refusing to yield to his captors' torture while he was imprisoned as a POW. In the end, cancer claimed him. Researchers say progress is coming.
CAR-T is a powerful new immunotherapy for treating leukaemia. We need to build on it to attack other, harder-to-treat cancers.
The diabetes epidemic can be fought through new therapies, prevention programmes and effective junk food legislation.
Great strides have been made in cancer medicine over decades, but it's important not to forget the growing role that kindness and empathy play in good care.
Some argue the current system of subsidising drugs in Australia needs changing to accommodate new cancer therapies. But two recent drug listings show the current system is working perfectly well.
Imagine being able to offer hope to people with cancers once thought untreatable. Checkpoint immune drugs like Opdivo and Keytruda lead this new era in treatment. But they don't work for everyone.
A diagnosis of glioblastoma did not keep John McCain from the Capitol to cast a crucial vote that could end Obamacare. His actions are a reminder that stats are one thing but human beings, another.
Tumour evolution was first identified 40 years ago. We're finally making good progress with it.
Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, can usually be cured when caught early. When it has spread, however, it becomes a challenge. Recent findings are bringing hope. Here are a few examples.
A promising new immunotherapy to treat liver cancer has been discovered.
Should new understandings of how cancers develop and could be targeted mean we should change the way the scheme registers cancer drugs?
Researchers believe that combining immunotherapy with traditional therapies such as radiation could open up new possibilities for cancer treatment.
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.
Jimmy Carter is now cancer-free, but is it right to say that he's been cured?
New immunotherapy drugs that enhance the body's natural ability to fight cancer offer several key advantages over previous treatments.
Take two of medicine's great foes and pit them against each other.
If you can't find the specific T cells you need to fight a cancer, make them.
Immunotherapy has joined anti-retroviral drug therapy as a means to combat HIV.