Scientists have developed a new jab which they hope will be a 'holy grail' cancer cure.
The treatment, which will be tested on British patients over the next few months, can reverse and even cure malignant melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer.
If it proves successful in large- scale trials, there are hopes that new forms could be developed to fight other forms of cancer, such as breast and prostate.
Experts say it may even stop people getting cancer in the first place.
Lead researcher Professor Lindy Durrant, of Nottingham University, said:
'This is huge. We could now have a vaccine that can target a tumour and kill it without damage to surrounding healthy tissues or cells.
'In the short term, this could cure some patients with the disease, and in the long term it could be used to prevent people developing it in the first place.'
Professor Karol Sikora, a leading cancer expert, said: 'This is a very clever vaccine and I believe it will increase the cure rate for patients in the future.' More than 10,000 people are diagnosed with malignant melanoma every year in Britain.
Numbers have quadrupled over the past 30 years as more people enjoy sunshine holidays abroad or use tanning booths.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
"Holy grail" cancer vaccine blasts tumors without damaging other cells.
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