Researchers at the University of Cardiff analyzed blood samples in search of immune cells that can fight bacteria, before they found a completely new type of “T cell.”
T cells form a group of blood lymphocytes, and play a key role in cellular immunity.
The team of researchers said that after the new immune cell was subjected to experiments in the laboratory, it was found that it is able to eliminate most types of cancer, including the prostate, breast and lungs.
Professor Andrew Sewell, lead author of the study and expert on T cells, stated that it is “not unusual” to find a cell with tremendous potential to fight cancer.
“Our discovery raises the possibility of finding a single treatment that suits all types of cancer … This type of T cell could be able to destroy many forms of cancer … Previously, no one believed that this was possible.”
Sewell highlighted, “This immune cell may be very rare … or it may have many people, but for some reason it has not been activated … We do not yet know more details.”
It is noteworthy that, up to the time limit, the cell was subjected to testing in the laboratory only, and the method of treatment was not tested on patients to know its efficacy.