Cartoons offer ‘simple’ whimsical look at cancer immunotherapy through the eyes of scientists

"Mechanism of an action hero," drawn by Elizabeth M. Jaffee, M.D., associate director of the Bloomberg-Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy and professor of oncology at Johns Hopkins University

Four years ago, I was hired for a new and terrific job: to help my colleagues at Solebury Trout and the investors we advise better understand the new field of cancer immunotherapy. The next day I attended an immunotherapy conference to learn everything I could.

One of the first people I approached was Zelig Eshhar, an Israeli immunologist who has been called the father of CAR-T cell therapy. As we talked, he exclaimed, “Oh — this is not so complicated,” then grabbed my notebook and drew a little diagram to explain this technology. With a wink he said, “You should frame this — I am famous.”

So I did, and set it on my desk at work.

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Over the next two years, I accumulated nearly 50 drawings — some almost professionally done, others closer to scribbles — and had to find new places to put them.

One day, as my boss looked at the collection, he suggested that the drawings would make an excellent starting point for a book about the scientists who helped bring cancer immunotherapy to life. And that’s how my book, “A Cure Within,” was born.

[These represent a] sample of the breadth of inventiveness that a simple cartoon can offer about something as complex as cancer immunotherapy.

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