Posted by Nicky on June 4, 2010 »
This is really good news. A doctor from the Cleveland Clinic claims he has developed a vaccine to prevent and possibly cure breast cancer.
More info below.
A study, published Sunday, reports Dr. Vincent Tuohy found that a single vaccination made up of antigen a-lactalbumin (lactation protein) prevents breast cancer tumors from forming, while stopping the growth of already existing tumors.
A spokesperson for the Cleveland Clinic says enrollment in human trials could begin as early as next year.
Women over the age of 40 or that have the breast cancer gene BRCA 1 or 2, will be vaccinated first because the vaccine targets a woman’s lactation protein. Once the lactation protein is targeted, a woman’s milk supply is affected.
According to the spokesperson, Dr. Tuohy found the target in an unhealthy tumor that is not typically found in a healthy person. He targeted a protein called a-lactalbumin, which is found in the majority of breast cancers, but not found in healthy women unless they are lactating. The antigen is injected which then searches and eliminates tumor growth.
In other words, the vaccine can help boost a woman’s immune system to target a-lactalbumin without damaging healthy breast tissue.
The Doctor says he is confident in his findings and believes it will have a massive impact on fighting the disease.
“We have designed a vaccine that is designed to prevent breast cancer the same way we vaccinate against polio and measles,” Tuohy told Fox 8 News, “I think the same strategy could be applied for a variety of different cancers and diseases as we age…and I can’t really wait to see my dream and that vision come true.”