Cancer vaccination, anyone?

By | April 9, 2012
interesting success rates – though I'm not convinced that a cancer vaccination is the way to go. It sounds like this vaccine can be used as a treatment, which is better.

In my opinion, we should be focusing on reducing intake of cancer-causing agents for healthy people and treatments such as this for cancer patients. Meddling with the human immune system, in particular with growth receptors, is bound to have side effects for potential regenerative treatments.

/via +Caleb Gatlin

Reshared post from +Maria Stepanov Sommerfield

Although it still looks like it needs further testing before it is approved for widespread use, this vaccine looks promising

A vaccine that can train cancer patients' own bodies to seek out and destroy tumour cells has been developed by scientists

"When a vaccinated patient's immune system encounters cancer cells, however, the far larger concentration of MUC1 causes it to attack and kill the tumour.

As MUC1 is found in 90 per cent of all cancers, the researchers believe it could be used to combat the growth and spread of a wide range of cancers.

In a safety trial at the Hadassah Medical Centre in Jerusalem, ten patients suffering from multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer, have now received the vaccine.
Seven of the patients have now finished the treatment and Vaxil reported that all of them had greater immunity against cancer cells compared to before they were given the vaccine."

Hat tip to my dear friend +Shelly Butcher for the article.

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‘Universal’ cancer vaccine developed – Telegraph
A vaccine that can train cancer patients’ own bodies to seek out and destroy tumour cells has been developed by scientists.

2 thoughts on “Cancer vaccination, anyone?

  1. Caleb Gatlin

    Well said, +Sophie Wrobel. It's nice we may have a way to help those that have cancer, however we need to be sure we don't slip and start thinking, "Well, if I do get cancer there's this vaccine they made, so why not eat this power cord?"

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  2. Mariusz Kaczmarek

    Yes and no. Sure a healthy lifestyle will enhance your probability to avoid cancer but I've seen so many perfectly healthy (living) people getting that damn thing.
    If you live in a big city it's hard to avoid pollution, might it be from air, electronic devices or through food suppliers.
    Nonetheless quite happy that science making progress and thanks for sharing ­čÖé

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