A personalized vaccine to treat ovarian cancer

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This personalized vaccine was tested in a clinical environment with ovarian cancer patients to evaluate the effects of the vaccine on the patients’ immune systems. Photo: Pexels

(Sarah Lapinsky/ SciWorthy) — What if we could develop a vaccine to treat cancer? Vaccines have been an effective method to help eradicate many diseases since their discovery, and serve a key role in keeping people healthy. The most common use for a vaccine is to prevent disease.

However, they can also be useful in treating individuals already diagnosed. This could occur through injecting the patient with their own living immune cells, also called antigen presenting cells, that stimulate the immune system to fight disease. The antigen presenting cells mark specific antigens, which are harmful invaders, to be destroyed by T cells. (…)

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