RESEARCHERS at Sheffield University are investigating ways to prevent tumours from returning.
Experts are using their latest discovery – that white blood cells surge into tumours after treatment like chemotherapy or radiotherapy – to improve outcomes for patients.
They are injecting the cells, called macrophages, carrying a tumour-destroying virus into the bloodstream when the surge occurs, to ensure it is delivered to where it is needed most.
The project was led by university academics Professor Claire Lewis and Dr Munitta Muthana.
Prof Lewis said: “This is empowering for patients who have been undergoing rounds of chemotherapy or radiotherapy, because treatment means it is their own white blood cells doing the work.”