Sarah Ford | September 19, 2013

OCRF Researchers Find Some Immune Cells Aid Cancer Growth

OCRF Researchers Find Some Immune Cells Aid Cancer GrowthA new OCRF-funded study from researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center found that a subset of immune cells, called myeloid derived suppressor cells, do more harm than good by providing a niche where the cancer stem cells survive.  The research is published in the journal Immunity.

Cancer stem cells are thought to be resistant to current chemotherapy and radiation treatments, and researchers believe that killing the cancer stem cells is crucial for eliminating cancer.

At the same time that these immune cells help the cancer, they also are suppressing the immune system.
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Source: Ovarian Cancer Research Fund

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