Will the day soon come when along with smallpox and diphtheria and a host of horrible others, we can also vaccinate our children (and ourselves) against cancer? One can only suppose this boggles the mind in the same manner as vaccine for polio and a cure for yellow fever did in their own historical time and place.
The innovative technique was recently featured in the journal, Nature Medicine. The force that may well make a cancer vaccine a reality concerns the utilization of DNA extracted from organs in which tumors can form and using the body’s immune response to design a cancer-treating vaccine. According to Alan Melcher of Leeds University, one of the researchers who co-led the new study, this is a new and very exciting approach in treating cancer.
Researchers from both Great Britain and the United States conducted this important study in which experimental vaccines performed on mice with prostate cancer shrunk tumors. The results suggest the possibility of further development into a cancer treatment program for humans. Although the vaccine may still be a few years away as research has only been done on mice, this study has planted more than one seed of hope that maybe one day the world can protect itself against this terrible dreaded disease.
The concept of immunotherapy treatment, which involves medicines that utilize the immune system to fight disease, is new but could well prove to be the window into a cure that researchers have been looking for.
Here’s to the dream of a brighter tomorrow and a world with no cancer ever again!
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