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Cancer

12 April 2011

Brain tumour vaccine promising

A vaccine that jumpstarts the immune system is showing promise in keeping a deadly type of cancerous brain tumor at bay.

A vaccine that jump-starts the immune system is showing promise in keeping a deadly type of cancerous brain tumour at bay.

When joined together in a vaccine, introducing the tumour cells to the dendritic cells "trains" the immune system to recognise cancer cells and mount an attack, the researchers said.

Vaccine recipients doing well

 

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