Natural killer cells may open lifesaving cancer treatements to more patients
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IMAGE: UCF College of Medicine cancer researcher Alicja Copik has just discovered a way to make that therapy viable to thousands by using the body’s own natural killer (NK) cells in… view more 

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Immunotherapy is making headlines for saving the lives of hundreds of cancer patients including former President Jimmy Carter. But many of these therapies, only work for a small portion of people who have a specific molecule called PDL1 in their cancer makeup.

UCF College of Medicine cancer researcher Dr. Alicja Copik has just discovered a way to make that therapy viable to thousands by using the body’s own natural killer (NK) cells in a new way. Her findings were recently published in OncoImmunology.

NK cells are part of the body’s defense system and act as an army to protect us from invaders like viruses and infections. Copik has discovered a way to make NK cells even more powerful – by stimulating them with nanoparticles that multiply them and heighten their killing ability. Her technology has been licensed and is now progressing to clinical trials as a therapy for leukemia and later for other cancers.

In her latest study, Copik discovered that

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