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How does cancer escape our immune system?

During the process of tumour formation, the white blood cells in our body can recognise and destroy most of the tumour cells. However, some escape them by two types of phenomena: on the one hand the tumour cells lose their characteristic signs and become invisible to the white blood cells. On the other hand, the tumour cells can produce substances that will inhibit the white blood cells and numb them. In my laboratory at Instituto de Medicina Molecular JoĆ£o Lobo Antunes (iMM), we study these processes and thus try to contribute to the development of new immunotherapies for cancer.

Learn more about the work developed at Bruno Silva-Santos laboratory.

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