Tue January 24, 2012

Buffalo's Roswell Park to test cancer fighting vaccine

A vaccine pairing dendritic cells (above) with a specialized protein has shown promise in treating cancer and preventing relapses, in pre-clinical trials.
AJC1 via Flickr

Can a vaccine treat cancer?

That’s the question behind new clinical tests, soon to begin at Buffalo’s Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

The medicine in question is not your average vaccine: Each dose is customized for each cancer patient.

Researchers will draw healthy cells from each study participant, attach a specialized protein in a sterile lab environment and then inject the mixture, now known as a dendritic cell vaccine, back into the body.

“You can see that these cells now come back. They have memory. They’re able to remember that cancer cells are bad. They need to be destroyed. They need to be killed,” says Kunle Odunsi, chair of the Department of Gynecologic Oncology.

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Thu September 2, 2010
Radiation Exposure

Exposed to radiation - now what?

A cooling tower at Chernobyl Nuclear Plant remains incomplete. Checkpoints at the plant still keep tourists away from the heaviest areas of radiation. The facility and the surrounding town still sport unsafe levels of radioactivity.
Pedro Moura Pinheiro via Flickr

Most people probably don’t think about radiation poisoning like they do the flu, a cold, etc. You don’t just catch it by failing to sing the entire Happy Birthday song while washing your hands. Radiation exposure usually happens during cancer treatment or by exposure to a nuclear or dirty bomb explosion.

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