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Prostate Cancer Vaccine Some Day? A Breast Cancer Vaccine Precedent

Posted May 31 2010 12:00am

Today a founding editor of Med City news, Mary Vanac, reported that Cleveland Clinic immunologist, Dr. Vincent Tuohy, has discovered a vaccine that prevents breast cancer in mice. This is extremely exciting and encouraging.

It’s an experiment that has been working in his lab ever since 2002. We can only hope that his findings apply to human beings, and that his enthusiasm for developing a vaccine that prevents women age 40+ from ever getting breast cancer will be justifiable. If that happens he will be deserving of the Nobel Prize, for sure!

It's absolutely great that human protocols for this vaccine will begin within a year. On a note of caution it should be pointed out that on average only one of 10 medical cures that work on mice or rats also applies to people. Let's hope this is The One!

Speaking as a prostate cancer survivor, healthcare educator, and as the author of Conquer Prostate Cancer (,  I only hope that Dr. Tuohy's wish that vaccines like his will be developed for adults with breast cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer and so forth, will come to fruition.

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