Double Immunotherapy

A new cancer treatment can wipe out tumours in terminally ill head and neck cancer patients, scientists have discovered.

In a landmark trial, a cocktail of immunotherapy medications harnessed patients’ immune systems to kill their own cancer cells and prompted “a positive trend in survival”, according to researchers at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), London, and the Royal Marsden NHS foundation trust.

One patient, who was expected to die four years ago, told the Guardian of the “amazing” moment nurses called him weeks after he joined the study to say his tumour had “completely disappeared”. The 77-year-old grandfather is now cancer-free and spent last week on a cruise with his wife.

Scientists found the combination of nivolumab and ipilimumab medications led to a reduction in the size of tumours in terminally ill head and neck cancer patients. In some, their cancer vanished altogether, with doctors stunned to find no detectable sign of disease.

We’re seeing lots of multiple drug combinations in myeloma. I haven’t heard of multiple antibody treatments yet.

I saw an article a few years ago about Israeli research into “Multiple Targeted Toxins” or “MuTaTo”. The article said the treatment might be able to cure cancer after a three month treatment session. If so, I’d love to see it. And the name sounds like a Marvel supervillain…