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Prostate Cancer Vaccines Extend Lives

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  1. Rosemary

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    Prostate Cancer Vaccines Extend Lives

    BOSTON, Mass. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- The first FDA approved vaccine to treat prostate cancer is now available to patients. A second one is also in development. Doctors say the vaccines are changing the way they treat cancer. They're not cure-alls, but they could extend the lives of men who were only given a few years.

    We are not talking about vaccines in the sense of preventing a virus like polio, but we are talking about therapeutic vaccines that treat cancer by revving up the immune system, in some way, to try to fight the cancer, Philip Kantoff, M.D.,
    chief clinical research officer, at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, in Boston, Mass., told Ivanhoe.

    It doesn't prevent or cure cancer, but it is extending lives. In three-year study, 30 percent of patients who got the vaccine were alive - versus 17 percent who got a placebo shot. A second prostate cancer vaccine -- made from a patient's own cells -- is now FDA approved. It improved three-year survival by 38 percent.

    http://ivanhoe.com/channels/p_channelstory.cfm?storyid=24347

    The manufacturer of the FDA approved vaccine is charging $93,000 dollars for the treatment. It's covered by insurance, but doctors worry it could raise out of pocket costs for patients. A recent study found nearly 30 percent of cancer patients with $500 or more a year in out of pocket costs stopped filling their prescriptions.
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    I see the link.Well I have also heard about this.Cleveland researchers have developed a vaccine for prophylaxis of α-lactalbumin based think they could protect women against breast cancer tissue damage without inducing autoimmune reactions. The researchers are women over age 40 consider their target group.
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    How exactly does this vaccine work?
    I'm a bit skeptical about vaccines that cost $93,000 ;)

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