New Cancer Vaccine Shows Promising Results in Human Safety Tests

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I feel safe in declaring that cancer is bad; in fact, I feel safe in declaring that cancer is really bad. So then, a vaccine that targets 90% of cancers would be really good, right? (That's up for you to decide. There's no right answer, except for, "yes.")

Well, scientists are creating just that. It's called ImMucin (and also proves that scientists would be terrible marketers), and its existence has been made public for a little while now (in fact, I think I did a news post about the vaccine when it was first announced). However, there weren't any trials with human test subjects to determine its effectiveness. Until now, that is.

ImMucin, a vaccine that targets a molecule present in 90 percent of all cancers, has been tested on humans for the first time, according to researchers who found that all the blood cancer patients tested in the trial had greater immunity to the disease after receiving the drug.

Researchers from the drug maker Vaxil Biotheraputics and Tel Aviv University said that seven of the patients who have finished treatment all had significantly greater immunity against cancer cells compared to before they were given the vaccine, and three of the patients in the study are now free of the condition. Results have yet to be formally published, but if the findings are confirmed in future trials then the vaccine could be on the market in six years.

The clinical trial was conducted at the Hadassah Medical Centre in Jerusalem and consisted of ten patients with multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer that affects plasma cells in bone marrow, have now received the vaccine.
Source: Medical Daily

While I obviously don't need to explain why saving lives is good, there's also an economic benefit. After all, seeing how costly health care costs can be, a vaccine that may mitigate many of them would certainly be a boon.

Keep your fingers crossed; if everything goes well, we might just see this in 2018. In the meantime, we can all just quote the wise words of Randall Munroe...

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...In the meantime, we can all just quote the wise words of Randall Munroe...

Uh..His wise words were..
"Not Found Apologies, but the page you requested could not be found. Perhaps searching will help."..?



Anyways, inb4 someone makes an I Am Legend reference

..ohwait..

But I'm all open to saving lives :D
 
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I hope if this is succesful, it doesn't get turned down. You know, those costly treatments get a lot of money to a lot of people, and some of them are not going to allow this.
 

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I recently read that cancer will affect 1 in 3 people in their lifetime (as in themselves or someone they know) so yes, this is very encouraging news
 

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Which cancers specifically does this vaccine target? Has that information been released?

It targets an antigen present in a wide variety of cancers. While there may be too many to list fully, the article does give a few examples...

Researchers suggest that the new vaccine, made from a unique sequence that can be found in the MUC1 tumor associated antigen that is present in nine out of 10 cancers, could potentially be used to treat other conditions like breast, pancreatic, bowel and ovarian cancers.
 

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I remember reading the original story months ago, I'm happy that the solution could be near. It doesn't affect me, but who knows maybe it will in the future. Cancers a bitch.
 
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I always hear about families losing mothers, sisters, daughters, etc. to breast cancer. I've heard it too many times now. I pray this comes sooner than later
 

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This topic makes me sick - pun intended

Everything has a win and lose situation. Guess how much we have learned about the human system by studying cancer. So while some biased views will see this as only a benefit, if no one had cancer, tons of people who went through years of college will have no where to work, the medical education would be severely undeveloped.

We learn from our sorrows, life needs to have an equal balance of sad and happiness -- our skewedness perspective on the world has many flaws.
 

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This topic makes me sick - pun intended

Everything has a win and lose situation. Guess how much we have learned about the human system by studying cancer. So while some biased views will see this as only a benefit, if no one had cancer, tons of people who went through years of college will have no where to work, the medical education would be severely undeveloped.

We learn from our sorrows, life needs to have an equal balance of sad and happiness -- our skewedness perspective on the world has many flaws.

You're suggesting by curing all diseases we are essentially halting the progression of Medical science? Bullshit.
 
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