A vaccine for breast and ovarian cancer? This can save lives.

There is an innovative method for treating breast and ovarian cancers that is currently under development and has been successful in human trials. If you are female, this will definitely be something you will want to read. Check it out here from an unlikely source… cnet.

 

A vaccine for breast, ovarian cancers?

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Could a shot in the arm help destroy a growing tumor? That concept is looking more and more plausible.

Scientists have been investigating the potential of vaccines to prevent various types of cancer for several years. In 2010, one study found that a single vaccination prevented breast cancer tumors from forming in mice.

A nurse preps a measles vaccine in Ethiopia. Could a similar approach actually treat cancer?

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A team of researchers at the National Cancer Institute’sLaboratory of Tumor Immunology and Biology now is reporting in the journal Clinical Cancer Research that a vaccine might show promise in treating (as opposed to preventing) both metastatic breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

Led by cancer researcher James Gulley, the team assigned 26 patients to monthly Panvacvaccinations, which are a recombinant poxviral vaccines that contain transgenes for MUC1, CEA (carcinoembryonic antigen), and three T cell co-stimulatory molecules. While the clinical trial was very small, it was on actual humans, not mice or other animals.

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