CD57 NK and Lyme Disease
The President of an infection society which only deals with tick related infections, has been treating and researching the effect of the many strains of Lyme disease on various parts of the body. One finding is that the system designed to kill cancer cells in the body does not work as well over time, if Lyme is allowed to become chronic. So if you are treated for a few weeks after missing the diagnosis for a year or years, the Lyme may undermine your cancer fighting ability. At least that is what many Lyme experts believe.
One particular cell marker has been studied in some detail by Dr. Ray Stricker. He reports that the CD57 natural killer cell number (cancer killing cells) drops with chronic under-treated Lyme disease.
Some practitioners feel this is a good tool to track improvement, and they repeat it at select intervals to mark the degree of progress.
If you want to use this test as part of your health screen, Lyme screen or to track your progress here are his instructions and references below:
Source: RAPHAEL B. STRICKER, M.D.