Friday, July 15, 2016

Cancer and HIV

We are at a point in time when the field of cancer research is becoming dominated by immunoncology - the study of how cancer interacts with the immune system.  One interesting aspect of this is that certain viral infections and certain cancer types might be most effectively treated using some of the same cellular and molecular machinery.  This CNN article addresses this in the context of HIV + acute myeloid leukemia and specifically mentions the generation and maintenance of CD8 T-cells as one way of combating both viral infections and specific types of cancer:

- Brendan