The immune system plays an essential role in cancer: it keeps tumors from forming in the body and limits tumor progression in existing cancers. Tumors exploit diverse strategies to thwart the immune system, such as producing anti-inflammatory molecules, recruiting key immune function cells, or inhibiting the immune system. Blocking tumors’ actions on the immune system is therefore a promising treatment option in the fight against cancer.
This project will make use of the initial molecular discoveries recently made in the laboratory to reinforce the immune system in searching for cancer cells and destroying them.
Professor Thomas Matthes, Deputy Head Physician and Clinical Professor, Hematology Division, Oncology Department, Geneva University Hospitals.
Professor Walter Reith, Pathology and Immunology Department, University of Geneva Faculty of Medicine.