A recent study by a team of scientists has revealed that a famous experimental vaccine that made the body to identify as well as destroy tumors, has put three patients with lymphoma into remission.
For those having lymphoma across the world, this serves to be great news as it creates new hope towards effective cancer treatment in the coming times. The specialized vaccine gets directly injected into the tumor. It helps the immune system of the body to destroy the given tumor while destroying other cancer cells at the same time. In the given study, the team of researchers have tested the vaccine on as many as 11 patients having lymphoma. After the study, the researchers observed that some of the patients entered the stage of remission for several months – even years in some cases. Would you believe that?
Successful Trials Creating Hope
The clinical trials of the given study have been so successful that experts in the given field believe that it can serve as a major breakthrough for other types of cancer treatments as well –including head & neck, breast cancer, and others. As such, this turns out revolutionary at the moment when scientists around the world are constantly searching for the best possible treatment or cure for cancer.
While the given treatment involves making use of a vaccine, it is still not considered as a preventive therapy for the condition. Rather, it helps in teaching the immune system of the body to fight the disease effectively.
A team of researchers at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York performed the study by injecting the vaccine directly into the tumor with the help of a stimulant. This vaccine is responsible for recruiting the immune system of the body –referred to as “dendritic cells” to get into action to fight the cancer cells. After subjecting the tumor with low-dose radiotherapy, the scientists went ahead with injecting another dose of the vaccine that helped in activating the dendritic cells. This provided the T cells (a type of white blood cell) to kill the tumors located across the body. The T cells also spared the healthy, non-cancerous cells in the patients.
This treatment can work wonders when implemented the right away. Hoping for the best!