Immunotherapy works with the immune system to help fight cancer. [Photo: Getty]
Immunotherapy could offer new hope for men with “incurable” prostate cancer, research suggests.
UK scientists looked at 258 patients who had exhausted all treatment options.
The men were given the IV drug pembrolizumab, brand name Keytruda, which works with the immune system to help fight the disease.
Twenty saw their tumours shrink or disappear altogether, while nearly one in five (19%) experienced some improvement.
“We don’t see much activity from the immune system in prostate tumours, so many oncologists thought immunotherapy wouldn’t work for this cancer type,” study author Professor Johann de Bono, from The Institute of Cancer Research and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, said.https://www.yahoo.com/news/immunotherapy-gives-hope-for-incurable-prostate-cancer-143812437.html