That's a mouthful. But Science Magazine has named Cancer Immunotherapy as their breakthrough for the year. So what exactly is that?
"“Immunotherapy marks an entirely different way of treating cancer — by targeting the immune system, not the tumor itself,” Science
said... Based on the idea that the
immune system can be trained to attack tumors in the same way that it
targets infectious agents, cancer immunotherapy exploits the ability to
harness different types of immune cells circulating in the body."
Researchers have already made some progress with this way of thinking with both melanoma and leukemia. They have plans in the works for progress for lymphoma and prostate cancer with trials set to begin soon.
From the patient's point of view, I think a new way of looking at cancer and treating it is real progress, instead of more of the same.