Middlesex University - Cancer breakthrough

July 29, 2010

Researchers have developed a vaccine that purports to treat aggressive cancers faster, reduce side-effects from chemotherapy and ultimately delay the disease's onset. Scientists at Middlesex University discovered that certain cancers, such as bladder cancer, secrete a low dose of human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG), a hormone associated with pregnancy, which stimulates their growth. The vaccine targets and neutralises cells producing HCG before they attack healthy cells, reducing the spread of secondary cancers. Similar hormones are found in many highly invasive cancers, so the research may prove to be a major breakthrough in the fight against the disease.

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