In the past, finding a cure for cancer has been used as a metaphor for something impossible. Yet a previously niche area of cancer research is now producing revolutionary results in patients. Neeraj Lal, clinical research fellow at the Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy Centre in Birmingham, explains the new way of fighting cancer using the body’s own immune system that is about to have a massive impact on patients and society.
Neeraj Lal is a Clinical Research Fellow who is currently completing his Cancer Research UK funded PhD at the Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy Centre at the University of Birmingham. During his surgical training he became interested in understanding the biology behind bowel cancer, particularly the role of the immune system. Immunotherapy, which uses the body’s own immune system to fight cancer, has been receiving considerable attention as an emerging treatment option in a range of different cancer types. With surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy remaining the mainstay of bowel cancer treatment, Neeraj’s research is focused on understanding immunity in patients with bowel cancer and how we can bring effective immunotherapies to this highly common cancer type.
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