This article should interest anyone who has had, or knows someone who has cancer.  I have included some key excerpts, along with a link back if you are interested in reading more of this MIT newsletter article:

Cancer vaccines make progress in combating disease

By Lori Valigra, Mass High Tech correspondent

…A new form of treatment that goes beyond oncology drugs and surgery is now coming of age: cancer vaccines. At the recent American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting in Chicago — a major forum for cancer researchers — several companies and research groups reported progress on cancer vaccines…

…Vaccines represent a relatively new approach to fighting the spread of cancer, having appeared in the last decade. The basic concept is similar to a vaccine for a disease like measles: an injection in the arm induces an immune response that helps the body fight a particular pathogen, in this case, a cancer. An effective immune response would then shrink tumors… 

As promised, here is a LINK if you would like to read the entire article.  Vaccines may not cure cancer in the near future, but they should help other therapies work better and longer very soon.

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