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SXSW 2017

How Texas Scientists Train Bodies to Fight Cancer

The silver bullet in the War on Cancer may just be inside of us. By harnessing the power of the body’s own sophisticated immune system, scientists here in Texas are making great strides in treating nine different types of cancer including melanoma, lung and breast cancer. Rather than using a “Scorched Earth” approach with toxic chemotherapies and radiation treatments that cause damage to surrounding tissue, new advances in immunotherapy and precision medicine are targeting tumors head on like a smart bomb. The next frontier of cancer treatment is you—your body’s own immune system cells trained to fight cancer.

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  1. How can the immune system be manipulated to turn against cancer?
  2. The War on Cancer was officially declared more than 40 years ago. Why has it taken so long to discover these novel therapies?
  3. Why is the work being done in Texas so important to the ultimate success of the MoonShot 2020 program?

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Craig Civale, Mgr Media Relations, Baylor Scott & White Health

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