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Cancer Vaccine: Taking The Double-Pronged Approach

June 21, 201612 min
Although chemotherapy can be effective in treating cancer, it can also exact a heavy toll on a patient’s health. One impressive alternative researchers have found is in the form of a vaccine. A type of immunotherapy, one part of the vaccine primes the body to react strongly against a tumor; the second part directly attacks the tumor itself. This double-pronged approach could be both more powerful against cancer and far less toxic to the body than traditional chemotherapy.Don J. Diamond, Ph.D. is here to explain the cancer vaccine.

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