A New Vaccine May Bring Hope To Some Brain Cancer Patients


A new vaccine appears to be extending the lives of patients with a deadly type of brain cancer called Glioblastoma.

Researchers found that when adding the vaccine to surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, the average patient's survival time after diagnosis increased from 15 months to 26 months.

"It educates the immune system to produce antibodies, or magic bullets, to find the tumor and help the immune system target the tumor very specifically," Dr. John Sampson, a professor of Neurosurgery at Duke University, said.

Glioblastoma is the most common form of brain cancer. There are nearly 10,000 new cases of it in the U.S. each year. This vaccine is only for patients who have a genetic mutation.

A Phase Three clinical trial is planned for the vaccine before possibly being made available on the market.

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