The immune system is composed by a complex network of organs and specialized cell types able to recognize and eliminate foreign entities throughout the body. Some immune cells work like sentinels, if they track down a diseased tissue they coordinate an immune attack on the diseased cells while sparing at the same time the surrounding healthy cells. This natural capacity to detect and eliminate abnormal cells prevents the development of many cancers every day. However, cancer cells are sometimes able to avoid detection and destruction by the immune system.
Cancer immunotherapy employs the cellular components of a persons’ immune system to fight cancer. These new therapies, which include cancer vaccines, have being extensively studied by the medical and scientific community in recent years. BRT aims at developing the next generation of immunotherapies.