After reading this what is utmost concern is that this procedure requires that the body’s immune system turn against itself to fight the cancer….will this CAUSE the onset of lupus?
And he wasn’t the only one. What Schwartzentruber and Kwak were hoping to do was prove they could vaccinate a patient against cancer — educate a body to, in essence, recognize and round up tumor cells the same way it polices viruses and bacteria. It certainly made good biological sense: the immune system is the body’s built-in defense mechanism, after all, so why not turn it against one of the most ornery diseases around?
The problem, of course, is that a tumor is not exactly a pathogen. What it is, at its core, is a collection of aggressively growing cells that can’t stop dividing. It is not entirely foreign, as a virus is; it does not infect healthy cells, as bacteria and viruses do. Turning the immune system against cancer cells would involve turning the body’s defense mechanisms against a part of itself. Designing a vaccine to do this entails creating the biological version of a stealth weapon encased in a smart bomb equipped with a guided missile.