Pill could offer hope to cancer sufferers

People suffering with an advanced stage of cancer may soon have new hope, thanks to a pill which is said to wake up the immune system.

The pill activates natural killer (NK) cells, allowing them to kill any spreading tumours.

The new treatment was tested on mice either via injection or by mouth, with spreading cancer responding well.

Scientists reported their findings in the journal Nature:

This novel... pathway shows that it might be possible to develop a 'pill' that awakens the innate immune system to kill cancer metastases.

– Dr Josef Penninger, from the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna