Monday, June 30, 2008

Can A Good Immune System Prevent or Cure Cancer?

The following article is a very good article. From what I understand, everyone has cancer cells in their body from time to time. Something has to happen to make the cancer cells start to collect in an area and start to grow. Could it be a weakened immune system? I believe that it is. So many things can weaken our immune system. Would you believe that even too much coffee could do it? There has been research that says that it does.

So what can we do if we already have cancer? I say that we need to learn what we can do to improve our immune system and apply all that we can. About fifteen years ago a good friend was diagnosed with a fast growing T-cell lymphoma. He had a tumor on his spleen the size of a football. A doctor wanted to remove it, but he refused to let him. After 10 months of chemo that brought him close to death his lymphoma went into remission. From what I remember he and his wife started eating healthier and used healthy green drinks. The cancer was gone and never has returned in fifteen years.

Oh, how I pray that my husband's cancer stays in remission!!! Please pray with me.

Spontaneous Regression of Advanced Cancer in Mice
Scientists at Wake Forest University's Comprehensive Cancer Center, led by the Pathology Department's Zheng Cui and Mark Willingham, have bred a colony of mice that successfully fight off cancer.

The team has been studying how they do this, and they have successfully transferred immunity from the resistant mice into non-resistant mice.

Subsequent research suggests that this innate ability exists in the human immune system as well, although its effectiveness varies from person to person and from one time of year to another. Additional studies are being conducted to determine whether this immunity can be transferred from one patient to another.

Overview of the CR/SR Mouse Study
Occasional, though rare, cases of spontaneous regression in human cancers have been seen and documented in the past, but no satisfactory explanations for this phenomenon have ever been put forward.

While conducting a series of experiments with mouse sarcoma 180 (S180) cells, which form highly aggressive cancers in all normal mice, Dr. Cui and his colleagues happened upon a single mouse that surprised them with its ability to resist several forms of cancer, despite repeated injections of the sarcoma cells.

Breeding the mouse produced offspring that also exhibited cancer resistance, suggesting a likely genetic link.

The cancer-fighting trait appeared to decline as the mice aged; six-week-old mice appeared to resist the cancer completely when injected with S180 cells, while the older mice were more likely to first develop cancer and only thereafter experience spontaneous regression. Further experiments showed that in these cases it was a massive infiltration of white blood cells that destroyed cancer cells in these mice without damaging normal, healthy cells. [Click here to view video clips of the cellular activity associated with spontaneous regression.]

Based on these results, Drs. Cui and Willingham and their colleagues suggest that a previously unknown immune response may be responsible for spontaneous regression.

More recent studies, described in the May 8, 2006, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA, demonstrated the ability to cure cancer in normal mice by transferring purified immune cells from the cancer-resistant mice. These newer studies show that specific types of innate immune cells, such as macrophages, can migrate to the site of cancer in a normal mice and selectively kill all of the cancer cells without harming normal cells. Such studies suggest that this type of mechanism might one day be able to help design a new strategy for cancer therapy

1 comment:

Rebekah Tastet said...

Good article. I enjoy reading more about Bro. Gieseler so I can better pray for him.