Using the Body's Own Defenses to Fight Cancer
This summer the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) conference in Chicago named immunotherapy its Advance of the Year for 2016. This approach to treatment is being called possibly an even greater breakthrough than chemotherapy.
A professor in the UAB School of Health Professions and Vice-Chair for Research in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, Barbara Gower, PhD, serves as director of the metabolism core for the Nutrition Obesity Research Center and is a senior scientist at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Not so long ago, a diagnosis of ovarian cancer was a virtual death sentence for all but a few lucky women. With the advent of platinum-based chemotherapy, five-year survival rates are now approaching 50 percent. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 90 percent of those diagnosed early are surviving.
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