Treatments Promising for Prostate and Brain Tumors
within 3 months
Research out of the UCLA’s Jonsson Cancer Center may provide for an
effective treatment for a very fatal form of brain cancer. Clinical
trials volunteers are wanted for this treatment.
Researchers believe that surgery combined with a vaccine may prove
effective. After removing the tumor surgically, a combination of the
patients own tumor cells and white blood cells are used to create a
vaccine. Similar to other vaccines, this vaccine will prepare the body
to fight off the cancer cells on their own.
A story recently appeared on NBC in Los Angeles concerning this
research. Dr. Linda Liau of UCLA told NBC that “The problem with brain
cancer is that even with very little tumor cells left, the tumor comes
back. It comes back in a matter of months”. The type of cancer being
investigated is almost 100 percent fatal.
There are various studies underway in the treatment of cancer with a
vaccine. Teaching the immune system how to get rid of the cancer cells
might keep tumors from coming back. "The whole concept is to alert your
immune system that these cells are abnormal and that your body should
get rid of them" Dr. Liau told NBC.
Does the future of cancer treatment lay with the vaccine approach?
Recent phase VII clinical trials at Duke University Medical Center show
promising results for prostate cancer. According to the Science Daily
website Dr. Johannes Vieweg MD, the associate professor of urology and
immunology said “
We have more
research ahead of us, but the results of this study are promising.”
Some human cancers
have an “overexpressed” antigen. In the case of some prostate cancers
the telomerase antigen is over-expressed. Antigens are protein
fragments produced by invaders such as viruses and bacteria. Usually
antigens are attacked by the immune system, but in the case of cancer
the immune system needs to be trained. This research was published in
the March 15th 2005 Journal of Immunology.
By Dan Wilson
Best Syndication Staff Writer
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