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Sugars and Cancer Immune Therapy: Fight Cancer with Sugar?

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Until recently scientists did not know why our immune cells, called White Cells, did not recognize Cancer cells as toxic. It is the job of our White Cells to taste (literally) the cells in our bodies to determine which ones are healthy and which need to be given the heave ho. But for decades scientists puzzled over why our White Cells did not recognize Cancer cells for what they are: invasive and parasitic. Now new research determined an extra layer of sugar on the outside of cancer cells fools our White Cells into falling asleep! They doze off after tasting the cancer cells and neglect to send the signal that fires our immune system into action. 

So scientists have figured out a way to help: mow down the extra sugars on the outside of the cancer cells, so the White Cells, also called T Cells, do not fall asleep. 

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