Breast cancer vaccine could be made available in less than a decade, say researchers

As per reports, the vaccine, which is undergoing testing, has helped to remove cancer cells in a breast cancer patient already.

Now, given that the research remains in its early stages, it will be at least three years before a phase three trial of the vaccine would be available to a larger number of patients.

Mayo Clinic investigator Keith L. Knutson, PhD, told Forbes: “It is reasonable to say that we could have a vaccine within eight years that may be available to patients through their pharmacy or their doctor.

“We know that they’re safe. We know that they stimulate the immune system. We know that they have had a positive impact on ovarian and breast cancer.

“We haven’t seen any adverse events that are causing problems other than irritation in the area similar to a flu vaccination. Now we have to convince the FDA, through solid, rigorous clinical trials that we’re seeing what we’re seeing.”

Naturally, carrying out the necessary trials is an expensive process. Knutson says a typical phase two clinical trial can cost between $12 million and $20 million, while phase three trials are even more expensive, sometimes doubly so.

According to sources, the vaccine works by stimulating the immune system in cancer patients to attach and kill cancer cells.

Lee Mercker was diagnosed with a type of breast cancer known as DCIS stage zero, and joined the clinical trial in March as her cancer had not yet spread to the rest of her body.

“They always took your blood, you had a physical, they’d make your shot right there on the spot for you,” Ms. Mercker said, as per the Washington Post. “It was three shots, all in a row, alternating arms, four shots, two weeks apart.”

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Ms Mercker still had a mastectomy to make sure everything was removed as it should be, but her taking part in the trial allowed researchers to see how their vaccine would affect the body.

Dr. Saranya Chumsri hopes the vaccine will prevent cancer and went on record stating other trials have had positive results, including amongst patients with Stage Four cancer.

This is the sort of news I want to be reading every morning! A huge congratulations and thanks to the team behind this vaccine.

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