The life expectancy of lung cancer patients can be more than doubled

The life expectancy of lung cancer patients can be more than doubled

Lung cancer is the deadliest type of cancer! Every year, more than 1.6 million people die from this cancer. Now, there is a solution that can double the life expectancy of those people. The key is Nivolumab. It prevents cancer cells from hiding from the immune system. This makes the cancer vulnerable to attack of the immune system. Results of 582 people, proved that there is a new hope for lung cancer patients.

Our immune system is our only defense, but is very strong. It must find and destroy all allergens, bacteria and everything that can damage our body. Also, it attacks parts of our body that don’t work properly. But they can release a protein, called PD-L1 which can mask them and prevent the immune system from destroying them. 

One of the checkpoint inhibitors is Nivolumab. The main goal is to prevent cancer cells from turning off our immune system, so it can eliminate them. A study, conducted in the US and Europe, on people with advance stage of lung cancer, found that people treated with Nivolumab lived 12.2 months longer. Patients that weren’t treated lived 9.4 months. Patients which tumors produced high amounts of the PD_L1 protein, lived 19.4 months longer. 

For now, these are just study results, but very successful. This is a game-changer. In the near future lung cancer may be successfully treated or even cured. It is another interesting way when we help our immune system destroying and defeating diseases and everything rest that can damage our body.

 

 

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