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[MOL] Closing In on Cancer Vaccines



As far as I'm concerned, they can't get there fast enough! Love, Joicy
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SPECIAL REPORT 1999: Closing In on Cancer Vaccines: The First
    Are Likely to Be for Treatment, not Prevention
    [01/05/99; Washington Post]

The first of several experimental cancer vaccines may be 
considered by the Food and Drug Administration for approval 
sometime this year, a step toward fulfilling scientists' 
longstanding dream of enlisting the body's immune system to 
fight malignant tumors.

>From colon cancer and malignant melanoma to breast and prostate 
cancer, scientists are manipulating tumor cells to design 
treatments that will target the patient's cancer much as a vaccine 
provokes an immune response to infection. Rather than prevent 
disease, these cancer vaccines are being used to treat patients, 
by mounting a specific immunological defense against malignant 
cells in the body.

The full article can be found at:

http://washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/WPlate/1999-01/05/019l-010599-idx.html
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