"We are working to cure cancer with no worse side effects than feeling like you have a cold for a couple of days," says Dr. Mike Jensen, who leads the Center for Childhood Cancer Research at Seattle Children's Research Institute. Jensen has developed a T-cell therapy that "reprograms" the body's own immune system to kill cancer cells. Such immunotherapy may eventually achieve a much higher success rate than current treatments, without the common side effects of radiation and chemotherapy.
The promise of Jensen's research to radically improve the way cancer is treated is one reason why Guild Association trustees recently voted to raise $2 million for cancer research through the next Funding Focus. Trustees also committed $1 million to expand autism services. The combined $3 million will be raised during fiscal years 2012 and 2013. ...cont.