‘Immune against Covid-19 is also effective on cancer cells’


gave | Thursday, March 25, 2021 – 17:18 | Last Updated: 25 03 2021 – 17:18

Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology Specialist Assoc. Dr. Duran Tok said, “I would like to emphasize that immune activation can actually be not only against Covid-19 infection, but also against cancer cells in our body. Studies conducted show that immunity against Covid-19 can also be effective against cancer cells.”

Liv Hospital Ankara Hospital Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology Specialist Assoc. Dr. Duran Tok said that the immune system is the body structure that defends the body against foreign microorganisms or disease effects. Stating that one of the important duties of the immune system is its organized work, Assoc. Dr. Tok noted that there is a certain amount of cytokine increase in people with Covid-19 infection. Assoc. Dr. Tok said, “As a result of the increase in cytokines caused by Covid-19 infection and this cytokine increase activates many immune elements from T cells to natural killer cells, this attack can not only be against the virus, but also against cancerous cells.”

CANCER CELL LOSSED IN TWO PATIENTS ABROAD

Citing the article published in the British Journal of Haematology as an example, Assoc. Dr. Tok said, “A 61-year-old male patient is caught in lymph cancer. After a certain period of time, without taking the basic treatments for lymph cancer, he goes to the hospital with a picture like wheezing, shortness of breath, and cough. It is learned that he has Covid-19 in the examinations. The patient is discharged. Supportive treatments are given. Later, he applies to the hospital about 3-4 months later for lymphatic cancer control. During this application, a regression in lymph cancer, a decrease in the number and consistency of button-shaped swellings that we call ‘lymphomatoid’ are detected ” .

Stating that another case is in Spain, Tok said, “A patient with metastases followed by an oncologist is caught in Covid-19. Again, after having Covid-19 infection, his condition is investigated with examinations for lung cancer. The purpose here is the status of lung cancer. But the Spanish oncologist determined the following. It detects that the cancerous cell disappeared in the images made in lung cancer, that is, this metastasis disappeared after Covid-19, “he said.

‘WEIGHT ATTACKING CANCER CELLS ALSO’

Assoc. Dr. Tok, in fact, noting that cells with cancer cell potential are formed in everybody, “Our immune system can overcome the cells that have foreign and cancer potential in our immune system. The body recognizes the cancerous cell. It already has a reaction against it. But there is no reaction that will completely eliminate all of them. Let’s consider that a triggering occurs due to Covid-19. Now, let’s assume that the cells that will do this process in immunity with the effect of cytokines almost go crazy or are activated too much. It attacks the target cells more and more. As the components that eliminate cancer cells are very activated, they attack not only Covid-19, but also cancer cells, there is a regression and elimination in them, “he said.

Assoc. Dr. Tok, stating that such an immune activation is with Covid-19 today, “I want to emphasize that the immune activation can actually be not only against Covid-19 infection, but also against cancer cells in our body. Studies conducted have shown that immunity against Covid-19 is against cancer cells. also show that it can be effective, “he said.


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