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Scientists discover immune cells that 'hunt down' cancer in the body

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Scientists have made a discovery that could help bring about new treatments for advanced breast cancer.A new study has uncovered a group of immune cells, called immune B cells, that hunt down cancer in the body, making them successful at targeting the disease when it spreads through the body, including tumours.

Findings, published in Nature Immunology, show that when a receptor on the B cell identifies a cancer cell and binds to it, the B cell changes to be even more effective at targeting those cancer cells.

Researchers have developed a tool aimed at spotting these anti-cancer cells, which they say could lead to better, personalised immunotherapies for patients.Immunotherapy uses someone’s own immune system to fight cancer, and works by helping it recognise and attack cancer cells.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in Scotland, accounting for 28 per cent of all diagnoses, excluding non-melanoma skin cancer, according to The Scottish Public Health Observatory.

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