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Scientists hail 'holy grail' cancer vaccine

Published on 17/05/2010
A new jab being developed by scientists could be a 'holy grail' cancer cure, it has been claimed.

British-led researchers have found what they believe could be a long sought after cancer vaccine.

Experiments with the new treatment have revealed that it can reverse and even cure malignant melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer.

It is hoped that, if imminent large-scale patient trials are successful, it could be adapted to fight other forms of cancer and may even be used to prevent people getting the disease.
Lead researcher Professor Lindy Durrant, of Nottingham University, said: "This is huge. We could now have a vaccine that can target a tumour and kill it without damage to surrounding healthy tissues or cells.
"In the short term, this could cure some patients with the disease, and in the long term it could be used to prevent people developing it in the first place."
Previous attempts at a cancer vaccine have failed as they only managed to stimulate the body's whole immune system, not just the parts which attack cancer cells, Professor Durrant explained.

The main risk factors involved in developing melanoma, which affects nearly 9,000 people in the UK each year, is overexposure to UV light from the sun or sunbeds.
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