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Now, a Jab to Stop Cancer in Tracks

Times of India
13 July 2010
London, UK

Now, a Jab to Stop Cancer in Tracks
In what could be called a major breakthrough, scientists claim to have created a jab which can cure even the most deadly cancers – by shrinking tumours and stopping them from spreading.

The injection, which is already being tested on patients with breast, bowel, pancreatic, cervical and ovarian cancers, could hit the market in as little as five years, its creator Prof Ray Iles of Middlesex University said.

The drug, which is being developed in conjunction with US firm Celldex Therapeutics, revs up the immune system, directing it to destroy Human chorionic gonadotropin or hCG which is made by some breast, bowel, ovarian, cervical tumours and around half of bladder and pancreatic cancers.

The drug shrinks tumours and, crucially, stops them from spreading, or metastasising, the ‘Daily Mail’ reported. Prof Iles said: “Not only are you causing the cancer to shrink, it is not metastasising. If you come in with chemotherapy and surgery, you‘ve got a cure.”

Tests on animals have already had “extremely good” results and preliminary trials on people show it to be safe. The jab is now being given to 60 men and women newly diagnosed with bladder cancer.

Further, larger trials will be needed before it is deemed suitable for wide fertilityspread use. Professor Iles said: “The vaccine has the potential to help us make rapid advances in the treatment of this invasive cancer.” The destruction of hCG would also mean the jab acted as a contraceptive. However, women’s fertility should return to normal within a year after completing treatment.

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