Researchers test possible lung cancer vaccine - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/4/10

Researchers are testing possible lung cancer vaccine designed to keep patients in remission

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By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Kristin Beerman | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Researchers at Bend Memorial Clinic in Oregon, are testing a possible vaccine that could help lung cancer patients remain cancer free after treatment. Lung Cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancers in men and women. Although this vaccine has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, it's currently being used in a 10-year plan of treatment for lung cancer patients.

"I'll contact them every year for the next 10-years, and hopefully they are alive and well and their lung cancer has never returned," said Christine Reed, a clinical researcher.

Reed says the vaccine is given by injection every three weeks and it is supposed to trigger the body's immune system to attack cancer cells that may be lingering after chemotherapy or surgery, so the lung cancer doesn't come back. The trial is under way around the globe at specific sites in 33-countries.

The biggest challenge that the Bend Memorial Clinic researchers have had is finding people to participate in the study. If you have had lung cancer or are about to get it removed and would like more information on this treatment, please call the Clinical Research Department at Bend Memorial Clinic at (877) 692-8338.

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