Our immune systems are supposed to protect us from attack. Viruses, bacteria and fungi that try to invade can all trip alarm signals that awaken the body's natural defenses.
Cancer is not an invader, however. A tumor is made of our own cells, although they are growing out of control.
Sparking the Immune System into Action Against Cancer:
So how can the immune system recognize cancer and put up protection against it? Immunologists are coming up with new treatments that can help mobilize the immune system to get cancers under control. Learn how they work, and why they might even work better than surgery, chemotherapy or radiation for certain types of cancers.
This Week's Guests:
Sharon S. Evans, Ph.D., is a Professor of Oncology in the Department of Immunology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and former president of the national Society for Thermal Medicine. Her research focuses on the cues that drive immune responses during inflammation or cancer immunotherapy. The photo is of Dr. Evan