Over the past decade, one of the pillars of cancer treatment has been mmunotherapy, which encourages the immune system of the body to attack cancerous cells that it might otherwise ignore. But there are other uses for manipulating the immune system. They might even involve treating the immune system as a whole.
James Howard Jr. of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Tahseen Mozaffar of the University of California, Irvine write about how immunotherapy could be used to correct an immune system that has gone haywire itself in a paper published in The Lancet Neurology. The auto-immune disease myasthenia gravis causes a person’s immune system to attack the connections between nerve cells and muscles, resulting in weakness and frailty. The researchers want to use it to fight the disease.