Immunity Therapy (NK Therapy)
What is natural killer (NK) cell
- NK cells are the most potent innate immune cells patrolling in the whole body to find and kill cancer cells or virus-infected cells.
- The killer function of NK cells declines with aging.
NK cells are the most potent innate immune cells patrolling in the whole body to find and kill cancer cells or virus-infected cells. The killer function of NK cells declines with aging.
What is NK Therapy?
NK therapy is a type of immunotherapy that uses natural killer cells to target and destroy cancer cells. Natural killer cells are a type of immune cell that is naturally found in the body and is responsible for detecting and destroying abnormal cells, including cancer cells. These cells are part of the innate immune system and work by releasing toxic substances that induce apoptosis, or programmed cell death, in cancer cells.
How Does NK Therapy Work?
NK therapy works by using natural killer cells to target and destroy cancer cells. In this therapy, natural killer cells are collected from the patient's own blood and then expanded in a laboratory setting to increase their numbers. Once the natural killer cells are expanded, they are infused back into the patient's body through an IV.Once in the body, the natural killer cells seek out and destroy cancer cells by releasing toxic substances, such as perforin and granzyme, which cause the cancer cells to undergo apoptosis. This process is highly specific, and natural killer cells are able to distinguish between cancerous and healthy cells, which means that healthy cells are left unharmed.
Potential Benefits of NK Therapy
NK therapy has the potential to provide several benefits to cancer patients, including: Targeted therapy: Unlike traditional cancer treatments, which target both cancerous and healthy cells, NK therapy specifically targets cancer cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed.Reduced side effects: Because NK therapy is highly specific, it may cause fewer side effects than traditional cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy.Enhanced immune function: NK therapy works by boosting the body's immune system, which may lead to improved immune function and overall health. Increased survival rates: Studies have shown that NK therapy may increase survival rates in certain types of cancer, including leukemia and lymphoma.