New skin cancer treatment

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Researchers at Birmingham University under Professor Lawrence Young believe that they have found a unique way of boosting the immune system to fight off skin cancer, without the use of drugs.

The treatment involves taking samples of blood cells from the patient and treating the cells with proteins from the melanoma. The cultured cells ’develop an appetite’ for the melanoma. They are then injected back into the patient to start a chain-reaction amongst the whole immune system.

So far the trials have been with human cells in the laboratory, and with live rats and mice. But now the team has won permission to test their techniques on humans.

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