New drugs that work with the body’s immune system to fight prostate cancer are on the horizon.
Initial tests at the Royal Marsden Hospital have shown remarkable results even with men whose condition is classed as terminal.
Known as immunotherapy, this revolutionary way of treating cancer is already used on some types of skin and lung cancer.
Our bodies’ immune system is very good at fighting of illnesses but most cancers are able to defeat the immune system by producing a protein called PD-L1 that turns off the immune system.
These new immunotherapy drugs work by stopping the immune system being turned off by the cancer cells.
Like all new treatments, there will be a frustratingly long trial and test period but this new concept in the fight against cancer should become more widely used as time passes.