Prototype breast cancer vaccine shows promising results in mice

February 17, 2016

Dr Vincent Tuohy, the Ohio-based immunologist who led the research, commented: "We believe that this vaccine will someday be used to prevent breast cancer in adult women in the same way that vaccines have prevented many childhood diseases."

Dr Joseph Crowe, director of the Breast Centre at Cleveland Clinic, explained that most previous attempts at cancer vaccines have targeted viruses or existing tumours.

"Dr Tuohy is not a breast cancer researcher, he's an immunologist, so his approach is completely different - attacking the tumour before it can develop," he revealed.

The US team hope to begin clinical trials next year and believe that the new vaccine concept could be used to prevent other types of cancer as well.

Source: Cancer Research UK