Experimental Cancer Vaccine Is Being Tested on Dogs – Humans Could Be Next!

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Treating cancer with the vaccine could be a reality soon. A vaccine to try and prevent or delay cancer in dogs could one day be trialed on people, according to researchers.

Nexter.org knows the details.

Miracle or upcoming reality?

The idea may be tantalizing, but study after study over the past several decades has taught doctors that cancer is personal. Everyone’s looks different on a molecular level. And each tumor is an agile, devious adversary that mutates as it grows to outwit the human immune system.

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“They may be right,” Stephen Johnston says, but “if the chance is 10% that it might work, I can’t see any reason why we shouldn’t take that chance.”

Scientists are preparing to test a drug that is hoped to train the immune system to recognize and attack a specific part of cancer cells.

They have chosen a part of cancer cells which the immune cells – white blood cells – normally attach to, and which they believe are common to various cancers.

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Teaching the body to attack this whenever it finds it could mean dogs’ bodies have a very early line of defense against tumors.

And because cancer in dogs develops in a similar way to humans, and may be triggered by similar environmental factors, the jab could one day be given to people.

“Cancer is actually the leading cause of death in adult dogs,” Thamm says. “They develop these tumors spontaneously as a result of old age in a way that’s very, very similar to the way humans do.”

Researchers from Arizona State University and Colorado State University will trial their vaccine on 800 dogs to see if it has any chances of success.

Possible results are that fewer dogs get cancer, the disease takes longer to develop or the vaccine doesn’t work at all.

 

 

How it works and how much it will cost

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Vaccines teach the immune system to recognize dangerous invaders quickly and fight back. The same way an athlete develops muscle memory during training, vaccines help your immune system develop memory cells so antibodies can respond better and faster to antigens (any foreign cell or substance that triggers an immune response).

In other words, vaccines prepare your body so that in the case of war – your body vs. XYZ infection – your body wins.

Johnston says his vaccine if it works, would prevent a broad range of cancers from ever developing by having the immune system attack cancerous cells early. And he wants it to cost between $100 and $500 per dose, about the same as most infectious disease vaccines.


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