Updated: November 8, 2018 12:04 IST
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Washington DC. [USA], November 8 (ANI): Analysts for a recent study have designed pioneering techniques to detect differences between immune cells in tumors that could accelerate the development of cancer treatment.
Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have analyzed genes from anonymous medical databases of thousands of tumors to identify the genes associated with immune cells. The results of the study were published in Journal of Cancer Immunology Research.
Scientists have said that access could be used to help doctors choose the best treatments for certain patients and predict which tumors are likely to respond to a particular therapy.
It could also help guide the use of immunotherapy – a new form of treatment that uses its own defense of the body against cancer. This therapy has shown a great promise in recent years, but identifying the patients that will best respond to the challenge is for doctors.
The new approach – based on gene analysis – facilitates the recognition of the range of immune cells present in the tumor. These cells could help the body detect and kill cancer when certain drugs are activated, scientists say.
Traditional treatments, such as radiology, do not discriminate against cell types and attack cancerous and healthy cells, which often leads to side effects.
Source called ImSig – a picture of the best tumor image to date and will allow scientists to study how certain types of immune cells affect cancer growth. (DAP)