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Cancer treatment has very positive results in mice and is movinginto human trials

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Human trials have begun with a new cancer therapy that can prime the immune system to eradicate tumours around the body.

The treatment that works similarly to a vaccine is a combination of two existing drugs, of which tiny amounts are injected into the solid bulk of a tumour.

It works by reactivating immune cells suppressed by the cancer, triggering a body wide immune response which was able to “eliminate tumours all over the body” even ones unrelated to the initially treated cancer, according to researchers at Stanford University who developed it.

A clinical trial began last month to test the effects in human patients with lymphoma – a cancer that infects the white blood cells which travel around the body fighting infection and can therefore rapidly spread.

“In the mice, we saw amazing, body wide effects, including the elimination of tumours all over the animal.”

If the results from mice can be replicated in humans it could have significant potential.

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Cancer treatment moving into human trials

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