Sunday, April 11, 2010

Please Let It Be So

clipped from

A vaccine being tested in the UK has helped been shown to help some patients
fully recover from melanoma, even in its advanced stages.

It attacks tumour cells, leaving healthy cells undamaged and carries agents
that boost the body's response to skin cancer.

Dr Howard Kaufman, of Chicago's Rush University Medical Centre, said: "Our
study shows we may have a cure for some advanced melanoma patients and a
drug which has real benefits for others.

"This will save thousands of lives a year."

Over the past 25 years, rates of melanoma in Britain have risen faster than
any other common cancer and 2,000 die from the disease every year.

A study of 50 patients with advanced melanoma who had been given no more than
nine months to live found that 16 per cent of them recovered completely with
the vaccine. They have been disease-free for more than four years.

Another 28 per cent saw the size of their tumours more than halved.