The team made their breakthrough discovery after creating a mouse in which FAP-producing cells could be eliminated. "When this happened in animals with well-established lung tumours, the cancer rapidly shrunk. Only 2% of the cells within these tumours actually produced FAP, so the scientists are convinced that they had a far wider role in protecting the tumour from the immune system."
Dr. Grout’s comment:
Cancer has long been called the “wound that never heals.” What if, instead of trying to kill the cancer cells right off the bat, we actually tried to help the body break up the scar tissue surrounding them – after, of course, ensuring that the body’s own natural killer cells were up to the task of eliminating foreign cells? Would that not be a novel concept in the annals of medical therapeutics?
First prepare the terrain – clear the decks, as it were – then bring out the soldiers to destroy what remains of the enemy. And make no mistake, cancer is the enemy. But remember always that it started out as one of us, and anything that we do to one of us is going to have an effect on all of us – just like in life. Cancer is the mini-battleground that we are seeing all over the world – both in populations and in environment. So first we deal with the environment, then it is much easier to deal with the populations.