Stanford University researchers have recently had a massive breakthrough that could change the way we view modern medicine for years to come. They have been working on a vaccine that just may provide us with one of the most effective tools we have ever had for fighting off cancer. Mice were used to conduct the study and the results are certainly eye opening.
The researchers used the mice as a means of testing an immune system stimulant. These mice were stricken with solid tumors at the time of the injection. The animals were able to experience a full recovery from their tumors in 87 cases out of 90. Two different agents were used to stimulate the animals’ immune systems and it is hard to argue with these results.
With this approach, the manner in which doctors treat cancerous tumors could be altered forever. Instead of having to identify targets that are specific to the tumor itself, we can now potentially receive a vaccination instead. This technique does not require any sort of patient customization when it comes to their immune cells.
These vaccinations can also be administered in a way that does not require a full fledged immune system activation. The agents are believed to have eliminated the cancerous tumors in the mice by activating their T cells. According to the researchers, these findings could have major implications. The manner in which we fight cancer may very well change forever.
“When we use these two agents together, we see the elimination of tumors all over the body,” said Ronald Levy, MD, 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.”
Even if a form of cancer has begun to occur in a patient spontaneously, it is still believed that this method could provide them with the assistance that they need and allow for a full recovery. Now that the results are in, humans are expected to undergo clinical trials very soon and we eagerly await the results of these studies. Lymphoma patients are also being recruited as test subjects.
Readers who wish to further educate themselves about the results of this study are urged to check out this recent article that was published by the Stanford Medical News Center. With any luck, these types of studies can provide us with the springboard that we need in order to make a cancer a thing of the past once and for all. In a world where we seem to make medical advances at the speed of light, it would be nice to no longer have to worry about the onset of cancer.