Skin Cancer Fighting Vaccine:
Its going to be a hot summer, so good news for sun dwelling individuals! An experimental vaccine is being reviewed that is working to fight skin cancer cells in people with melanoma. In the study, patients experienced longer periods of being cancer free. Patrick Hwu, MD admits that patients seem to be living longer, but warns that patients need to be followed closely to make sure. Melanoma is the number one killer in the skin cancer family, it kills nearly 9,000 people each year.
The study showed a 22% decrease, compared to a 10% decrease on IL-2 alone. That’s double the results, this is a
remarkable increase in the fight against skin cancer.
How it works:
This vaccine is different from the vaccine designed to prevent cervical cancer, in that it is designed to help people that are already affected by cancer. This vaccine goes along with the typical IL-2 treatment, which simulates the immune system. The substance that the vaccine contains, (GP-100), which is on the exterior of the cancer cells. Dr. Hwu claims, “The vaccine is capable of taking immune system soldiers to boot camp. Then, interleukin-2 multiplies them into an army,”.
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