A friend of mine has a form of lymphoma, slow-growing but hard to treat. He told me on Sunday he’s joining a clinical trial where they’ll attempt to create a “vaccine” to his cancer.
He said they’ll take some RNA from his cancer cells and make antibodies that will attack those cells and those cells only. Essentially, they’ll be inducing an auto-immune condition, but one that’s good for him.
I didn’t press him for details, partly because I know it’s a sensitive subject for him and partly because he’s not really a close friend, and it’s none of my business.
But I figured Dopers would know more. How strong are the expectations and hopes for this treatment?
What are the dangers?
If this works, will it work for other forms of cancer as well?