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Lupus antibodies may provide new option for cancer therapies

Radiation and chemotherapy are sometimes not strong enough to conquer aggressive tumors, but a new method promises to help cancer treatment become more effective. The approach uses antibodies produced by the body when a person has Lupus, an autoimmune disorder that can affect the skin, joints, and other organs. These lupus antibodies can weaken cancerous cells by penetrating the cells’ nuclei and disrupting their DNA, priming the cells for destruction by radiation or chemotherapy, according to a preliminary study published in Science Translational Medicine on 24 October. 

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