Professor: Drugs turn body against skin cancer tumour

Professor Peter Johnson, chief clinician at Cancer Research UK, said new drugs were offering "the beginning of a new era of cancer treatments using the immune system".

He said: "These drugs that can turn the body's own defences against a tumour are starting to show real promise for melanoma and other types of cancer.

Drugs turn the body's own defences against a tumour. Credit: Tobias Hase/DPA/Press Association Images

"It's only through research that we can gain the insights needed to develop new treatments for cancer patients."

The new cure contains two types of drug - ipilimumab (known as ipi) and anti-PD1s which break down the defences of cancer cells and are still in clinical trials.

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Skin cancer drug hailed as 'cure'

Skin cancer sufferers could be cured of the disease with new breakthrough drugs, experts claimed, as they hailed the "beginning of a new era".