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Potential Lupus Cure Goes To Clinical Trials
|Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital|
Head of the research team, Professor John Bloggs, said the revolutionary new treatment had shown good results in rats, and had now been approved for clinical trial in humans.
He said the new treatment would effectively rebuild the over-active immune systems of lupus patients.
RBWH Rheumatologist, Dr Sarah Tinycat said: "The immune system is meant to protect the human body from infection."
"In lupus patients, the immune system becomes confused, and attacks the body's own healthy tissue."
|Dr Sarah Tinycat|
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Radiation therapy would be used to "kill the existing, malfunctioning, immune system."
She said the risks were similar to those faced by leukaemia patients undergoing bone marrow transplants.
"Until now, we've only had treatments to manage lupus. This is a permanent cure," Dr Tinycat said.
She said the new procedure could potentially be extended to other auto-immune disease as well as lupus.
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