Facebook co-founder Sean Parker announced a big donation to cancer immunotherapy research

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The priority of immune therapy as a hope in the cancer battle is due to the fact that the former president Jimmy Carter was on an immune-based drug treatment when he announced in December that there is no detectable cancer in his body.Parker’s cash donation comes three months after President Obama called for a $1 billion federal cancer research program and after the billionaire shipping magnate Daniel Ludwig donated $540 million to six cancer centers in 2014 and Nike co-founder Phil Knight pledged $500 million to cancer researchers at Oregon Health & Science University in 2013. Last month, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, Jones Apparel Group founder Sidney Kimmel and other philanthropists announced a $125 million donation for cancer immunotherapy research for the Johns Hopkins University medical school. Currently, immune therapy is only approved “as a treatment of last resort.”

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