Fighting childhood cancer. Saving young lives.
Cancer immunotherapy refers to the use of treatments that harness and enhance the natural powers of the immune system to fight cancer. Immunotherapy represents the most promising new cancer treatment approach since the development of the first chemotherapies in the late 1940s. It uses substances that naturally occur in the body to boost the function of the immune system. As a result the body is able to destroy cancer cells more effectively, and with fewer side-effects than chemotherapy drugs. The last five years have seen a surge of new immune-based therapies that are changing the landscape of how children with some of the more deadly cancers are treated. Immunotherapy has been used successfully in the UK in children with leukaemia and neuroblastoma. We are funding a number of projects, taking forward immunotherapy approaches for the benefit of children with different kinds of cancer – including leukaemia, neuroblastoma and sarcomas.
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