Skip to comments.'Universal' cancer vaccine developed
Posted on 04/08/2012 2:58:22 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
A vaccine that can train cancer patients' own bodies to seek out and destroy tumour cells has been developed by scientists.
The therapy, which targets a molecule found in 90 per cent of all cancers, could provide a universal injection that allows patients' immune systems to fight off common cancers including breast and prostate cancer.
Preliminary results from early clinical trials have shown the vaccine can trigger an immune response in patients and reduce levels of disease.
The scientists behind the vaccine now hope to conduct larger trials in patients to prove it can be effective against a range of different cancers.
They believe it could be used to combat small tumours if they are detected early enough or to help prevent the return and spread of disease in patients who have undergone other forms of treatment such as surgery.
Cancer cells usually evade patient's immune systems because they are not recognised as being a threat. While the immune system usually attacks foreign cells such as bacteria, tumours are formed of the patient's own cells that have malfunctioned.
Scientists have, however, found that a molecule called MUC1, which is found in high amounts on the surface of cancer cells, can be used to help the immune system detect tumours.
The new vaccine, developed by drug company Vaxil Biotheraputics along with researchers at Tel Aviv University, uses a small section of the molecule to prime the immune system so that it can identify and destroy cancer cells.
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I was diagnosed with lung cancer last week and have surgery next week. My wwife had uterine and breast — double mastectomy 5 yrs. ago - thought we were OK, but her markers just went up. PET scan tomorrow.
Cancer is an evil bitch!!
I’m very sorry for your loss.
I lost a sister Jan 1, 2011
Prayers lifted for you and your wife.
May God’s hand be one with your surgeons.
You need a prayer thread...
I ask for your permission?
Prayers offered for you and your wife.
Unfortunaely I have been around and will continue to be around a lot of cancer specialists. Surgeons radiologists you name it.
One time I asked a surgeon who was removing a melanoma from my back about so-called miracle cures; where a person is diagnosed by several top cancer doctors as having less than a year to live, but somehow manages to live much longer and basically becomes cancer free. He told me what happens is the patients immune system, for whatever reason starts to target the cancer cells and eventually eliminates them.
So getting the immune system to fight cancer is the way to cure it. -Tom
I am sure it will be banned under Obama Deathcare !
My guess is, no they wont. When my wife was diagnosed in 08, she went through an extensive chemo regimen and later radiation. I found out that this treatment plan has been SOP for the last 30 years.
You keep hearing about progress, but never see any of it in practice. Coincidence?
Fight! With everything you have!
My family has lost a few members due to this insidiousness, there have been several successful battles.
Never give up the fight!
It certainly is that!
I will keep you in my prayers.....
Just about every year I read an article about a new cancer cure all drug.
It’s like Obama and socialism, this time it will work!
There is also the risk of this causing a host of auto-immune disorders.
Prayers for both you and your wife. Keep up the good fight and have the utmost faith that you’ll be well. Just believe. You can do this and so can your dear wife. Never never give up. (I just beat colon cancer and went back to work last week.)
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