Penny Brohn UK, the leading charity in the UK to take an integrated and whole person approach to cancer support, welcomes the announcement of this year’s Nobel Prize for Medicine. James Allison and Tasuku Honjo were jointly awarded the prize for discoveries leading to new approaches in harnessing the immune system to fight cancer. Their work studied proteins that prevent T-cells in the immune system from attacking tumour cells effectively.
For nearly 40 years, Penny Brohn UK’s Bristol Whole Life Approach has used evidence on how lifestyle can affect the immune system to develop programmes to support people living with cancer. The programmes have been designed to empower people to understand and support the conditions in which the immune system works best. Exploring areas like diet, exercise, emotions, relationships and managing stress which are all seen to have an impact on how well the immune system functions.
The work of James Allison and Tasuku Honjo has created greater understanding of the role the immune system has in cancer and has the potential to lead to developments in our learning on how to manage and prevent cancer effectively. We applaud their work and the awarding body for recognising this exciting and potentially game-changing discovery.
For more information on the Bristol Whole Life Approach and how it supports your immune system click here.
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