Stories tagged white blood cells

This seems promising – a cancer therapy that has worked 100% of the time in mice is now being tested on humans for the first time. Doctors at Wake Forest University are taking a certain type of white blood cell from donors and injecting it into patients with advanced forms of cancer. In lab tests on human cancer cells, the white blood cells killed the tumors. The new tests will determine if the procedure also works in a living patient.

(This sounds similar to a study in Seattle reported earlier on Buzz.)

Yet another promising line of attack against cancer: doctors in Seattle have treated a man with advanced skin cancer by cloning his white blood cells – the part of the human immune system that fights infection – and injecting them into his tumors. The cancer has gone away and not returned for two years.