Failed cancer vaccines might could get new lease of life

September 28, 2014 11:18 AM

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Failed cancer vaccines might could get new lease of life

Using vaccines to fight cancer is a field littered with failures but experts believe it is possible the approach could get a new lease of life if such shots are combined with a new class of drugs called checkpoint inhibitors.

Unlike traditional preventative vaccines, therapeutic cancer vaccines are designed for people with established disease and are supposed to boost the patient's immune system to keep tumours at bay.

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