Cancer vaccine shows durable immune effects

Source: The Harvard Gazette

A recent study showed that personalized cancer vaccines designed to fight melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, maintain their effects on the immune system years after inoculation — another step in efforts to harness the immune system as an ally in the fight against cancers of all kinds.

The work, led by researchers from Harvard Medical School, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, conducted detailed analyses of the immune responses of eight people who had been inoculated with a vaccine, NeoVax, designed to be effective against their specific tumors.