Yesterday, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) started their annual meeting in Chicago.
One presentation was delivered by Vincent Tuohy, PhD, an immunologist at the Cleveland Clinic, who talked about research he is conducting on a vaccine for breast cancer. So far, a small study on mice showed significant results of success in preventing breast cancer, but clinical trials are yet a long way off. NPR talked with both Dr. Tuohy and Clifford Hudis, MD, Chief, Breast Cancer Medical Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and member of the ASCO Board of Directors. The vaccine targets a protein that shows up in breast tissue that occurs in both cancer and in lactating tissue. A vaccine based on this research would be administered to women after age 40 whose bodies no longer need to provide lactation, thereby targeting the protein occurring only in breast cancer tissue.
Although NPR interviewed Dr. Tuohy and Dr. Hudis, the video feed is no longer available. I am leaving the link intact in the event the feed can be restored.
Ritika Jaini, Pavani Kesaraju, Justin M Johnson, Cengiz Z Altuntas, Daniel Jane-wit & Vincent K Tuohy: An autoimmune-mediated strategy for prophylactic breast cancer vaccination, Nature Medicine, 5/30/10 published online (go to nature.com and search for the abstract; you can purchase the full article at that site)
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