Cancer vaccine eliminates tumor in mice

Courtesy  Stanford University School of Medicine

Stanford researchers have found that injecting small amounts of immune-stimulating agents directly into tumors in mice can eliminate all traces of cancer in the animals. Researchers say they've "developed a practical strategy for immunotherapy of cancer" In 90 mice, the technique eliminated cancer in 87. immunoenhancing agents were injected directly into the rodents' tumors, triggering a local T-cell immune response and going on to attack cancer throughout the entire body.

Levy said the procedure "uses a one-time application of very small amounts of two agents to stimulate the immune cells only within the tumor itself".

Researchers said one agent has already been approved for use in humans, while the other has been tested for human use in several unrelated clinical trials. The hope is to create a fast treatment at a fairly low-priced point - one that also doesn't have some of the adverse effects of other treatments.

The new experiment for cancer treatment targeting cancer cells in laboratory mice involved a combination of two immune boosters that were directly injected into solid mouse tumours. Because cancer cells are produced by the body, the immune system does not see them as a threat in the same way as viruses, for example.

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If all goes well, treatment could be used in the future on tumors before they are surgically removed, to help prevent metastasis or prevent relapse.

Levy is hopeful this treatment will be successful on multiple types of tumors.

Scientists are testing a cancer jab on humans that can eliminate tumours even when they have spread throughout the body after it successfully worked on mice. The success is such that a clinical trial in humans - including patients with lymphoma - is now underway. The other is being tested for possible use on human patients.

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