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Mesothelioma Therapies Benefit from Immune Approaches

Vaccines work by teaching the body’s immune system to recognize and destroy the germs that cause disease. That same principle is now being applied to vaccines against mesothelioma and other cancers. Vaccines and other immune-based therapies (immunotherapies) could be one of the new strategies to treat mesothelioma. This therapeutic approach may enhance the effectiveness of current treatments (including chemotherapy and radiation) while reducing side effects, according to a report published in the February/March issue of Cell Adhesion & Migration. Doctors have long realized that the immune system plays an important role in fighting cancer. Tumor associated proteins called tumor antigens are expressed on the surface of cancer cells. These are signals that could trigger the immune system to launch a … Continue reading Mesothelioma Therapies Benefit from Immune Approaches »