This is a fascinating Texas Monthly article on MD Anderson’s Jim Allison, the scientist whose decades long work on so-called “checkpoint inhibitors” led to the development of the trial study drug I am currently receiving. “Checkpoint inhibitors unleash the body’s own T cells—the soldiers of the immune system—to fight malignancies.” Using the body’s immune response to sustain an attack against tumors may soon mean an end to the standard poison, cut and burn approach to cancer.
A leading pioneer of immunotherapy, Dr. Allison has been in dogged pursuit of this potential cure for cancer since he was a young man, despite nearly constant challenges. MD Anderson is number one in cancer care due to heroes like Jim Allison. I often can’t believe my good fortune at being treated here.
The article is an analysis not only of this “seismic shift in the landscape of oncology,” but of the awesome potential of one determined human being to impact the world…
Remember, the kid you may be judging as “different” just may be the guy who saves your life one day…😉