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New cancer therapy 'saving lives'

17th January 2011

Staff at the Christie Hospital in Manchester believe a tough but pioneering treatment is showing promising results for patients with advanced kidney cancer.

The unit is spearheading a specialist immunotherapy treatment which uses the body's immune system to fight cancer cells with the latest findings showing that a quarter of patients treated with high doses of Interleukin-2 are now in remission. Professor Robert Hawkins said patients were carefully selected because Interlukin was an aggressive drug and the treatment was difficult.

 

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