Cancer Vaccines

Cancer Vaccines - Cancer Vaccines Cancer vaccines are a...

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Cancer Vaccines Cancer vaccines are a relatively new type of treatment for cancer. Vaccines are in the realm of immunotherapy. Immunotherapy is the name that is given to treatments that activate a person’s immune system to help treat cancer. Cancer is composed of normal cells that become mutated and continually divide; the immune system helps combat this unregulated division. Vaccines aid the immune system in this action. Cancer vaccines are still being developed, and some can currently be received on an experimental basis. Vaccines are being developed to treat specific types of cancer, such as prostate cancer. The vaccines are not really used in the prevention of cancer at this time; they are mostly just used in cancer’s treatment. The vaccine antigens are made by taking out an extract from a tumor cell and using it to help make the vaccine. Also, there are other substances that are added into the vaccine to aid in helping the immune system. Cancer vaccines are typically administered in the form of an injection.
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course EN 1113 taught by Professor Stinson during the Spring '08 term at Mississippi State.

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