Therapy hope for asbestos disease
2 November, 2011 2:19PM AEDT
An interest in cancer research set Manfred Beilharz on the pathway to explore a treatment for asbestos disease sufferers.
The Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia is researching a way to boost an individual’s immune system to tackle the fatal asbestos disease, mesothelioma.
“This is an old dream of immunologists that’s been around for perhaps 20-30 years, that you should be able to hype up your body’s own defences and use them as part of the armament against cancer,” Assoc Prof Beilharz told ABC Gippsland’s Mornings Program.
The ‘triple therapy’ method has been tested on mice and is showing positive results.
It involves manipulating the immune system in three different ways, after research found single and double treatment methods had not completely eradicated cancerous tumours.
It’s a case of third time lucky for researchers.