In a nutshell
Studying how the body’s own immune system can be used to fight
advanced prostate cancer, by investigating how a receptor on the
surface of immune cells that seems to be involved in the detection
and killing of prostate cancer cells works. The ultimate aim of
increasing levels of this receptor to help the body to find and
kill prostate cancer cells by itself.
Why we funded it
Despite effective treatments like surgery and radiotherapy,
prostate cancer can return. When this happens, treatment using
hormones and chemotherapy are often used to control the cancer.
Chemotherapy is often used when patients stop responding to hormone
therapy, but it can have severe side effects and cannot provide a
cure. We need new alternatives to chemotherapy and this project
will investigate whether using the body’s own immune system to
fight cancer could provide another treatment option for patients
whose cancer no longer responds to hormone therapy.
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