• Question: Do you think we will make a cure for cancer

    Asked by THE_NAME_IS_CIAN to Jaine on 14 Nov 2016.
    • Photo: Jaine Blayney

      Jaine Blayney answered on 14 Nov 2016:

      Yes, there are some exciting developments now, particularly around immunotherapy. This is a type of treatment that stimulates the body’s own immune system to destroy the tumour, though it can also have quite tough side-effects. Survival rates for certain cancers are improving, but we need to keep understanding how people can have the same type of cancer, yet respond differently to treatments. That’s why we look at gene activity levels to try to figure out what is changing internally.