Reprogrammed Cells Attack and Tame Pancreatic Cancer in One Woman

Researchers have managed to tame pancreatic cancer in a woman whose cancer was far advanced and after other forms of treatment had failed.

The experiment that helped her is complex and highly personalized and is not immediately applicable to most cancer patients. Another pancreatic cancer patient, who received the same treatment, did not respond and died of her disease.

Nonetheless, a leading journal — The New England Journal of Medicine — published a report of the study on Wednesday.

Dr. Eric Rubin, the journal’s editor in chief called the proof of concept experiment “an important step along the way” to devising similar treatments that might be applicable to lung, colon and other cancers.