Here are a couple of news articles in the New York Times describing the basis for cancer immunotherapy and how initial trials of the treatment approach has helped patients in need for a last resort treatment as well as potential concerns such as the massive uncontrolled proliferation of immune cells brought about by the approach. Every treatment has its side effects, so it is important to carefully assess the benefit and side effects trade off in selecting specific treatment option.
The articles are here:
- Setting the body’s serial killers loose on cancer http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/02/health/cancer-cell-therapy-immune-system.html
- Harnessing the immune system to fight cancer http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/31/health/harnessing-the-immune-system-to-fight-cancer.html?_r=0
- What is immunotherapy? The basics on these cancer treatments http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/31/health/what-is-immunotherapy-cancer-treatment.html
- Immunotherapy offers hope to a cancer patient, but no certainty http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/01/health/immunotherapy-offers-hope-to-a-cancer-patient-but-no-certainty.html