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News To Know: Possible Cancer Vaccine Offers Hope

Posted By Dave Goldstein On June 1, 2009 @ 11:34 am In Health Talk | No Comments

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While it’s far too early to say for sure, the latest studies seem to indicate that the efforts to treat cancer through vaccination [1] have taken a big leap forward over the weekend. New studies show that researchers may have found the key to creating a vaccine that would enable the body’s own immune system to attack and slow the growth of some cancers. Such a vaccine could reduce some of the powerful side-effects patients suffer from with current treatment methods such a chemo and radiation. Patients diagnosed with several types [2] of cancer reported extended times between relapse when using the vaccine as compared to patients who didn’t use it.
This news does not mean that any sort of cure has been created, however it does show a big first step in an area where scientists have struggled to make progress [3] for years.


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[1] vaccination: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iXzh4TG0_BIv7Bk5pVI1JhU_K1WwD98HAS9G0

[2] several types: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601124&sid=aFPoE8mcb.Z8&refer=home

[3] make progress: http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-05-31-cancervaccine_N.htm

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