New Vaccine Leaves Woman Cancer Free

There is new hope in the fight against cancer. A woman who had advanced breast cancer is apparently cancer free, nearly four years after taking an experimental vaccine developed by the National Cancer Institute.

The Panvac vaccine was used on 26 patients who had breast or ovarian cancers that had spread to other parts of the body. Most had exhaused all other forms of treatment.

Overall, cancer returned in patients within about two months, and median survival was about 14 to 15 months, except for the one patient who remains cancer free.

Researchers say this small victory gives them hope the vaccine could work for other patients.


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  • by Anonymous on Nov 10, 2011 at 02:15 PM
    TY Psych Major. The main thing bothering me is this headline. It makes a bold and precise statement that I doubt the physicians and trial workers used. We also are being given nothing about the negatives of said vaccine, and there always are. Cytotoxins are brutal and can often end up causing more problems than they fix. I dislike unrealistic headlines that sensationalize something that is still in its experimental phases. By the way, WITN could you please correct the typo already? Exhaused is not a word. The headline was a poor enough choice but at least proofread.. please?
  • by pete Location: grifton on Nov 10, 2011 at 01:33 PM
    google this. lemons cure cancer.
  • by Psych Major on Nov 10, 2011 at 11:05 AM
    Agreeing with anonymous that this seems premature. One in 26 gives some hope, yes. However, due to other interventions that had been done previously whose to say that one of the MANY in combination with the vaccine assisted in this? Then again, I am sure all of them had tried everything available and not that just one had tried something the others had not. Or maybe it was just a lot of prayer that set her free of the disease. I surely hope that they continue to do research to find a cure, however, I don't think this vaccine only having a clinical trial of 26 patients could accurately say that there is now a cure.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 10, 2011 at 08:50 AM
    Precisely what I meant when I said people would hop up and down and scream about the post being negative. Nothing in my statement has anything to do with trials and experimental treatments being a bad thing - they most certainly are NOT a bad thing. They most definitely ARE a good option, and they assuredly DO make great progress. I absolutely support such things. I do not however support piddly results with poorly supported statistics being broadcast by the media prematurely when there is nothing significantly foundational about them. There are a lot of terrible diseases that we need to continue to support research for and fight. We also need to hear results with better facts and backing.
  • by Lynn Location: Chocowinity on Nov 10, 2011 at 05:15 AM
    I lost my mom, her dad/mother and two children to cancer and when you here the word terminal, you pray, pray and pray and you will try experimental drugs if that is the last option. You hope it will work because all that is left is for you to fight and pray. We need to continue to support research to fight this terrible disease.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 10, 2011 at 03:16 AM
    So... one patient out of 26, who may or may not have exhausted all other treatments but definitely had had something else previously, is cancer-free. Are we supposed to believe it has anything to do with this one treatment out of everything that had been thrown at her? I'm sure someone will hop up and down now and scream that this is negative and we need to be hopeful.. whatever. A pure experimental treatment without other prior treatments is the only thing that would have made sense. Otherwise it doesn't mean much.. especially with that low "success rate".
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      by Anonymous on Nov 10, 2011 at 04:26 AM in reply to
      Wonder how much some drug company will profit off this "hope".
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      by laura on Nov 10, 2011 at 04:28 AM in reply to
      This is WITN, not JAMA, and those are some pretty ill informed conclusions you're making. From what I've read, the women were all terminal, so the fact that any one of them is cancer-free without any other medical intervention aside from this vaccine, is huge. Breast, cervical and ovarian cancers are killing larger numbers of women every year. We need to support any and every effort being made in the search for a cure.
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        by Anonymous on Nov 10, 2011 at 07:36 AM in reply to laura
        You better re-read the story it stated "Most had exhaused all other forms of treatment." So there was other medical intervention besides this vaccine.
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          by Anonymous on Nov 10, 2011 at 08:45 AM in reply to
          Thank you, that was precisely my point in the original post. There indeed WAS. Laura, when there is a concoction of treatments as these women went through and you add another one at the end, you cannot accurately look at the last one and say it was the reason for recovery. One out of 26? Please. It's huge alright, but it's not an indication of some miracle drug. I think this announcement is tremendously premature.
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      by laura on Nov 10, 2011 at 04:29 AM in reply to
      P.S. I have a bad feeling that Karma is watching you.
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      by Susan on Nov 10, 2011 at 05:40 AM in reply to
      Obviously you have never had a cancer scare. You will try anything to survive. If one life was saved then I say there is hope that more may be around the corner and research and development is the only way to improve the numbers that this drug showed. At least someone is out there trying to find a cure. Who knwos it may save your life down the road. If I need it I sure hope it's there for me.
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