The Next Best Thing After a Cancer Cure?

NY scientists have taken a step forward in creating a cancer “vaccine.” Do you think this will be available in our lifetime?

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Although a cure for cancer is the ultimate goal, researchers at Manhattan’s Mount Sinai Hospital took a step forward towards finding a cancer “vaccine,” according to the New York Post.

The treatment- the “in situ” vaccination- is not exactly a preventative one, but it helps your immune system recognize and attack cancer cells, and it does so by kickstarting your dendritic cells that trigger cancer-killing immune responses.

As the hospital explained it, you inject “immune stimulants directly into one tumor site. The first stimulant recruits important immune cells called dendritic cells that act like generals of the immune army.”

“The second stimulant activates the dendritic cells, which then instruct T cells, the immune system’s soldiers, to kill cancer cells and spare non-cancer cells. This immune army learns to recognize features of the tumor cells so it can seek them out and destroy them throughout the body, essentially turning the tumor into a cancer vaccine factory.”

The clinical trial was a small one that focused on 11 patients suffering from an advanced stage of lymphoma, and the results were promising. For the majority, the tumor shrunk, while for three of them, the cancer went into remission lasting from months to years.

And in those three, the “in situ” vaccine helped reduce tumors of other cancerous bodies throughout your system.

“It’s really promising, and the fact you get not only responses in treated areas, but areas outside the [targeted tumor] is really significant,” Dr. Silvia Formenti, chairwoman of radiation oncology at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian, who is working on a similar study, told CNBC.

For the treatment to hit the shelves, it must be FDA-approved, which will only happen through more extensive trials, which they were approved for and started in March.

“The “in situ” vaccine approach has broad implications for multiple types of cancer,” the study’s lead author, Dr. Joshua Brody said in the hospital’s statement. “This method could also increase the success of other immunotherapies.”

However, additional research will be required before it gets anywhere close to a shelf near you.

“It’s definitely proof of concept, but larger studies are definitely needed,” warned Dr. Eric Jacobsen, clinical director of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s lymphoma program, who was not involved in the study.

Nevertheless, it appears to be a promising sign for in the battle against cancer, and perhaps the next step towards a cure. You can read more about this story on the New York Post.

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