Hot Tumors Could Improve Immunotherapy Effectiveness

Elias Sayour of UF is working to develop immunotherapy for cancer treatment, where bodies should be able to sense and attack cancer cells similar to a virus. Sayour has created a mRNA technology to turn unresponsive tumors into “hot tumors” that respond to immunotherapy.

“I spend the bulk of my time doing research, 80 percent of my time trying to develop new therapies for childhood cancer. The beauty of the immune system is that if you educate it against a child’s cancer, it can remember that cancer and remember it for life so that it’s providing continual protection,” said Sayour.

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