Malta is leading the way in the battle against cancer, with one scientist hopeful that his latest research could be instrumental in providing a long-term cure to the fatal illness.
Dr David Saliba, along with researchers from the University of Malta and the University of Oxford, believes they have discovered a way to re-activate a person’s immune system to help fight cancer cells in the body.
The researchers are currently undergoing proper health and safety checks before entering human trials with cancer patients.
Over the last four years, scientists have been focusing on how white cells communicate with one another, especially when fighting cancer.
“The soldiers of the immune system, which are white blood cells, must communicate effectively to recognize destroy cancer cells. They do this on a daily basis, constantly navigating the body, looking for and destroy C- cancer cells,” Saliba.
Once these cells stop communicating, battling cancer becomes much harder for patients.
“We managed to generate bubbles and manufacture very small bubbles synthetically, thus in our laboratory, we could revitalise these white cells and these could eventually be used for new therapies that will enable us to raise the white cells to re-recognise cancer cells that have fled from the immune system,” he explained.
While the results of the findings are yet to be properly tested, Saliba, along with the other researchers, are confident that it could be a success, allowing Malta to become a world leader in cancer treatment.