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Researchers, including from Peter MacCallum Cancer Center in Melbourne, have found a breakthrough that can revolutionize the treatment of some cancers if they do not respond to immunotherapy (file image)

Tasmanian devils can be the key to curing cancer – because researchers find a breakthrough that can revolutionize the treatment of patients

  • Medical researchers discovered how some cancer cells can camouflage themselves
  • Researchers discovered that the same process happens with Tasmanian Devils and people
  • The discovery hopes for new methods to treat cancer patients
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What do Tasmanian devils and people have in common? Cancer cells that can become invisible.

Researchers, including from Peter MacCallum Cancer Center in Melbourne, have found a breakthrough that can revolutionize the treatment of some cancers if they do not respond to immunotherapy.

It can also be the key to tackling deadly facial tumors that threaten the future of the threatened Tasmanian devil.

The study followed the way in which some cancer cells in both humans and marsupials camouflage themselves using a group of proteins called PRC2, eliminating a marker that would otherwise alert the immune system to attack the cancer.

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Researchers, including from Peter MacCallum Cancer Center in Melbourne, have found a breakthrough that can revolutionize the treatment of some cancers if they do not respond to immunotherapy (file image)

Researchers, including from Peter MacCallum Cancer Center in Melbourne, have found a breakthrough that can revolutionize the treatment of some cancers if they do not respond to immunotherapy (file image)

This can be a major challenge in the treatment of small cell lung cancer, neuroblastoma and a type of skin cancer known as Merkel cell.

& # 39; The enormous significance of this project is that (in) patients who sometimes become immune to immunotherapies, we might be able to reverse that process & # 39 ;, Peter Mac researcher Mark Dawson told AAP.

Existing treatments can be reused to switch back the markers, proteins known as MHC, through which the immune system can recognize the cancer cells.

& # 39; This may have far-reaching consequences for people with lung cancer, & # 39; said Professor Dawson.

& # 39; It is one of the most common diseases around the world. And maybe we can handle this much better. & # 39;

The study followed the way in which some cancer cells in both humans and marsupials camouflage themselves using a group of proteins known as PRC2
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The study followed the way in which some cancer cells in both humans and marsupials camouflage themselves using a group of proteins known as PRC2

The study followed the way in which some cancer cells in both humans and marsupials camouflage themselves using a group of proteins known as PRC2

Researchers also hope that the discovery can ultimately be used against facial tumors from the Tasmanian devil, with cancer cells avoiding detection in the same way.

& # 39; Remarkably, exactly the same process happens (with human and Tasmanian devil cancers), & # 39; said Professor Dawson.

& # 39; Until now it has been very difficult to treat Tasmanian devil tumors.

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& # 39; But if the drugs that work with humans can also be used with Tasmanian devils, there is a possibility that this can help fight the disease. & # 39;

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