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[BBC] TeloVac pancreatic cancer vaccine trial launched in UK

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A trial has begun on a vaccine treating pancreatic cancer, which has the lowest survival rate of all common cancers.

More than 1,000 patients with advanced pancreatic cancer have joined the TeloVac trial at 53 UK hospitals.

Vaccines are usually associated with preventing infections, but this is part of a new approach to try to stimulate the immune system to fight cancer.

The trial involves regular doses of vaccine together with chemotherapy and compares this with chemotherapy alone.

The vaccine contains small sections of a protein, telomerase, which is over-produced by cancer cells. The aim is to stimulate the immune system to recognise the telomerase which sits on the surface of the cancer cells and to target the tumour.
Full Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-13088819

It never ceases to amazes me the advancements that are being made in the realms of cancer treatment. I sincerly hope it can be successful and offer hope and comfort to the patients.
    
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At last, good too see that progression has been made in helping to help treat this form of cancer. Its one of the worst, but I feel is usually overlooked.

Telomeres are an important area for medical advancement, and its great to see the research go into treating pancreatic cancer.
     
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