Cancer ‘vaccine’ successfully eliminates tumors in mice, human trials to follow soon
Cancer researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have come up with a ‘vaccine’ that successfully eliminated 97% tumors in mice. The vaccine works for many different types of cancers, including those that arise spontaneously.
Researchers found that injecting minute amounts of two immune-stimulating agents directly into solid tumors in mice can eliminate all traces of cancer in the animals. They believe the local application of very small amounts of the agents could serve as a rapid and relatively inexpensive cancer therapy that is unlikely to cause the adverse side effects often seen with body-wide immune stimulation.
“When we use these two agents together, we see the elimination of tumors all over the body,” said Ronald Levy, professor of oncology. “This approach bypasses the need to identify tumor-specific immune targets and doesn’t require wholesale activation of the immune system or customization of a patient’s immune cells.”