Jab to halt cancer12th July 2010
Researchers at Middlesex University have developed an injection which could help to prevent cancerous tumours from metastasising.
The drug is already in use on cancer patients and has been found to reduce the size of tumours and stop them spreading.
The creator of the treatment, Professor Ray Iles, said many deaths could be prevented by the vaccine and it could be used to treat breast, bowel and cervical cancer.
The team discovered that many tumours produce a type of hormone which is normally only created when a woman is pregnant.
The presence of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is used in pregnancy tests to determine if a woman is pregnant.
The researchers discovered that a type of hCG is also produced by about 50% of bladder and pancreatic cancers.
Certain types of breast, bowel, ovarian and cervical tumours also produce the hormone.
The jab, which is being produced with assistance from the American company Celldex Therapeutics, boosts the immune system and helps it to eradicate hCG.
Professor Iles said: "Not only are you causing the cancer to shrink, it is not metastasising. If you come in with chemotherapy and surgery, you've got a cure."
The treatment is now being tested on 60 patients who have been recently diagnosed with bladder cancer.
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Title: Jab to halt cancer
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 15457
Date Added: 12th Jul 2010