Scientists testing cancer vaccine in Canada

Scientists testing cancer vaccine in Canada

POSTED: Monday, July 23, 2012 - 7:49am

UPDATED: Monday, July 23, 2012 - 8:35am

Scientists in Canada have made what's being called a breakthrough in cancer research. Researchers at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute are working on a personalized vaccine. The vaccine would make your body fight off cancer, instead of using toxic drugs. While the world is looking for a cure for cancer, scientists at this facility think they are getting close.

The personalized vaccine would mix a patient's tumor with a virus that targets and kills cancer cells. Together it alerts the immune system what to do. The concept has been proven to work on mice. A closely related vaccine is moving to clinical trials in the next year or so.

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