Cancer vaccines may be on the verge of wider use

One of the persistent frustrations in cancer treatment has been the way that tumors can evade our immune systems as they grow and multiply inside our bodies.

Even though cancer cells have special surface markers, known as antigens, the body often doesn’t seem to be able to mount a full-fledged attack against the tumors, and the longer they last, the more they seem to suppress the immune response.

Yet it doesn’t have to be that way, says a dedicated band of scientists in universities and companies around the globe. In fact, they say, we may be on the verge of being able to vaccinate people against cancer in the same way we do with infectious diseases.

via Cancer vaccines may be on the verge of wider use.

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