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February 19, 2005

New weapons in prostate cancer battle

Topics: Health Issues

An innovative treatment for prostate cancer that uses a person's own immune system has been found for the first time to prolong the lives of patients with the disease, the most common form of cancer among men.

The study led by UCSF researchers found that the cancer "vaccine" increased survival, on average, by 4.5 months among men with advanced prostate cancer who no longer responded to other treatments. The results are being made public today at a prostate cancer symposium in Orlando, Fla.

In another approach, since advanced prostate cancer is difficult to treat, other researchers have chosen a very different approach: the development of vaccines to prevent initial de novo tumor formation.

Posted by Hyscience at February 19, 2005 3:25 PM

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