Immune therapies finally working against cancer

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    Immune therapies finally working against cancer By MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP
    posted: 4 HOURS 3 MINUTES AGOcomments: 1PrintShareText SizeAAAORLANDO, Fla. -First there was surgery, then chemotherapy and radiation. Now, doctors have overcome 30 years of false starts and found success with a fourth way to fight cancer: using the body's natural defender, the immune system.
    The approach is called a cancer vaccine, although it treats the disease rather than prevents it.
    At a cancer conference Sunday, researchers said one such vaccine kept a common form of lymphoma from worsening for more than a year. That's huge in this field, where progress is glacial and success with a new treatment is often measured in weeks or even days.
    Experimental vaccines against three other cancers — prostate, the deadly skin disease melanoma and an often fatal childhood tumor called neuroblastoma — also gave positive results in late-stage testing in recent weeks, after decades of struggles in the lab.
    "I don't know what we did differently to make the breakthrough," said Dr. Len Lichtenfeld of the American Cancer Society.

    Immune therapies finally working against cancer

    To me, this is great news. I have always felt that chemo and radiation were the wrong answer as killing good cells is never a good thing. But using the immune system to do what it is supposed to do seems to make sense. No cure alls yet, but I am glad to see them pursuing this path.
     
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    Mebbe it'll work for other cancers...

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    Cancer deaths declining...
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    Report: Death rates from cancer still inching down
    Jan 7,`13 WASHINGTON (AP) -- Death rates from cancer are continuing to inch down, researchers reported Monday.
     
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    Melanoma is a type of skin cancer...
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    'Drug holidays' beat cancer drug resistance in mice
    9 January 2013 - Introducing medication-free spells to some cancer treatments may keep patients alive for longer, studies in mice with skin cancer suggest.
     
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    Usin' a GM virus to kill cancer...
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    Genetically engineered virus kills cancer: study
    10 February, 2013 - A genetically-engineered virus tested in 30 terminally-ill liver cancer patients significantly prolonged their lives, killing tumours and inhibiting the growth of new ones, scientists reported on Sunday.

     
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    New genetic test for cancer markers...
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    DNA test reveals 80 markers for inherited cancer risk
    27 March 2013 - More than 80 genetic markers that can increase the risk of developing breast, prostate or ovarian cancer have been found in the largest study of its kind.
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    New Cancer Research Seen Leading to Better Screening, Potential New Drugs
    March 27, 2013 — New research has nearly doubled the number of genetic variations implicated in breast, prostate and ovarian cancer, offering fresh avenues for screening at-risk patients and, potentially, developing better drugs.
     
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    Researchers Discover Way to Block Cancer Spread...

    Belgian Researchers Discover Way to Block Cancer Metastasis
    September 18, 2014: WASHINGTON — Cancer remains one of the deadliest diseases, despite many new methods to combat it. Modern medicine has treatments to prevent the growth of primary tumor cells. But most cancer deaths are caused by metastasis, when primary tumor cells change and move to other parts of the body. A team of Belgian scientists says it has found a way to prevent that process.
     

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