A new cancer "vaccine" that's injected directly into a single tumour can trigger the immune system to attack cancer cells throughout the body, a small new study suggests.
The researchers say that the experimental therapy essentially turns tumours into "cancer vaccine factories," where immune cells learn to recognize the cancer before seeking it out and destroying it in other parts of the body. "[We're] seeing tumours all throughout the body melting away" after injecting just one tumour, said lead study author Dr. Joshua Brody, director of the Lymphoma Immunotherapy Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York.
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