Will the future of the fight against cancer be in a vaccine? We do not know. What is certain is that the first results have arrived on some anti-tumor vaccines tested in the United States and Germany.Don't store avocado like this: it's dangerous
Will the future of the fight against cancer be in a vaccine? We do not know. What is certain is that the first results have arrived on some anti-tumor vaccines tested in the United States and Germany.
The news comes from the online version of the popular scientific journal Nature in which we talk about the first results of some researches that are working on evaluating the possibility of creating vaccines useful for fight cancer, especially melanoma which is the most aggressive of skin cancers.
These are "smart" therapeutic vaccines able to act only on possible malignant cellular mutations thus avoiding damaging healthy tissues. But the novelty is that it would be personalized vaccines or made specifically for each person based on the type of mutation of which he is most at risk or which has already occurred.
As Michele Maio, director of the Immuno-Oncology Center of the University Hospital of Siena explained:
"These two studies use a new approach, on which the scientific community has been working for a few years: it consists in focusing attention on the mutations that accumulate in cancer cells over time and that generate abnormal proteins completely unknown to the immune system, specific to the individual patient. Until a few years ago it would have been impossible to make such personalized vaccines, but today we have the technologies that allow us to sequence DNA quickly and at low cost: we are at a turning point compared to the therapeutic vaccines of the past ".
For the moment the two trials, conducted on small groups of people at high risk of melanoma, they have achieved good results in terms of safety as well as efficacy. The research was carried out specifically by the team of Catherine Wu, of the Dana-Farber Institute for Cancer Research in Boston and that of Ugur Sahin, of the German company BioNTech (Biopharmaceutical New Technologies). AND' it is then necessary to move on to the experimentation phase number 2 which will concern a larger sample of people and will be able to confirm or not what has been achieved so far.
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The results obtained rekindle the hope of having a simple, effective and safe remedy that will allow us to ward off cancer without much effort. Will it really exist and become a reality? We'll see. Meanwhile we continue to suggest that you work on nutrition and lifestyle, weapons we already have in our possession to ward off this and many other diseases.