• Question: Will we ever find a cure for cancer?

    Asked by Oskar_Playz to Craig, Marta, Natalie, Nicholas on 15 Mar 2017. This question was also asked by 858rgah26, Joe and harry.
    • Photo: Marta Varela

      Marta Varela answered on 15 Mar 2017:

      Hi Oskar.

      I hope so. Lots of money and effort is being put into that, so we will hopefully get there. It seems like a very difficult problem though, so it might take a long time!

    • Photo: Craig O'Hare

      Craig O'Hare answered on 15 Mar 2017:


      While a cure is still a bit away, we are making big strides in understanding how cancer evades the immune system and immune therapies are looking really promising in clinical trials as well.

      I think that further research will be need as immune therapies are resource intensive and expensive and will be hard to give to everyone cheaply. Ideally we will be able to use the immune system as it is to cure cancer, we just need to figure out how to stop the cancer switching the immune system off!