Posted on Apr 12, 2010 | Comments 0
In what is being viewed as a major breakthrough, a vaccine being developed may act as a cure for skin cancer; among the most common cancers in the world.
In the United States alone, over 2 million people are treated for non melanoma skin cancers every year. And now it would seem that there is hope for those with melanoma skin cancers as well; which are the rarer deadlier forms of the cancer.
There is a vaccine being developed in the United Kingdom, which, it is seen can help to target cancerous cells while having no impact on the normal healthy cells.
The vaccine is seen to boost the body’s natural immune response to skin cancer. The procedure is being seen as useful even for those melanoma patients whose cancers are more advanced.
According to Dr Howard Kaufman, of Chicago’s Rush University Medical Centre, this new procedure is likely to help save as many as a thousand lives each year.
16% of the skin cancer sufferers, who were given 9 months to live, were seen to be fully cured after receiving treatment and more importantly their disease has not returned even after 4 years. 28% of the subjects saw their tumors shrink to less than half.