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Health Alert: Cancer Vaccine

Updated: Thursday, February 27 2014, 04:40 PM EST
CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) -- A study just released at the UC Cancer Institute found that you could use the bodies own immune system to fight cancer.

This is a newer trend, and exciting research that we wanted to stop and tell you more about.  Doctor John Morris was the study's principle investigator.  His team initially found that a vaccination targeting tumors produced what's called Human Interleukin.  It activated a response in cancerous cells to stop them from growing.

They used this IL-15 then to develop a whole tumor cell vaccine against breast, and prostate cancer cells.  They found this leads not only to greater survival but also enhanced response by the body's immune system.

Now it is important to note that this is still in laboratory trials as we call them and human trials need to be conducted next.  But this is the first step in one more way to get your own body to fight back.

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