Okay, this is an incredibly exciting bit of news (thanks, Terry!). Dana-Farber researchers have put together a “cocktail” of immune-stimulating peptides they believe could provoke the body’s defenses to attack multiple myeloma in its early “smoldering” phase and slow or prevent the blood cancer. See: http://goo.gl/klNfI
Immunotherapy (= getting the body’s immune system to recognize cancer cells as “foreign” and then unleash a defensive reaction against them) thus far has been using only one peptide, which is a piece of a protein from the myeloma cell itself, to bump the immune system into action. But one peptide alone just hasn’t done the job. One of the big problems with myeloma, in fact, is its sneaky ability to behave like the shapeshifters in the TV series “Supernatural,” that is, its many ways of avoiding detection by the immune system. You can read more details in the above article…
But things seems to be moving, finally. The Dana-Farber team has managed to identify FOUR myeloma peptides, which they’ve mixed inside a lethal-to-myeloma-cells cocktail. How about that???
I’m very happy to point out that this cocktail cannot and will not be tested on animals. It will be administered to early-stage, untreated, smoldering myeloma patients.
So hey, hand over that cocktail, will ya? I’ll give it a try!!! Actually, I’d like to know a bit more about it first…but doesn’t it sound promising??? 🙂