Tetanus Shot Helped Boost Brain Cancer Survival, Small Study Finds

March 12, 2015 4:00 PM

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THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Adding a simple tetanus shot to another vaccine treatment for a highly lethal form of brain cancer dramatically extended some patients' survival in a small new study.

Researchers from Duke Cancer Institute found that three of six patients with glioblastoma -- a brain tumor with a very poor prognosis -- lived years longer than expected after receiving a tetanus shot to enhance an immunotherapy targeting a virus in the tumor. One patient is still alive nearly nine ...

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