A team of scientists at Stanford University have discovered a solution for combating cancerous tumors.
The newfound "vaccine," which used immune-stimulators to target tumors throughout the animal's body, has received promising results for the future of cancer treatment.
The university's research team said after they injected a combination of two immune boosters into the mice's tumors, all traces of the specifically targeted cancer had vanished from the rodent's entire body. This included metastases (a secondary malignant growth) that were previously untreated.
"When we use these two agents together, we see the elimination of tumors all over the body," Dr. Ronald Levy, the senior author of the study, told the Stanford Medicine News Center. "This approach bypasses the need to identify tumor-specific immune targets and doesn't require wholesale activation of the immune system or customization of a patient's immune cells."
Now, scientists are hoping the vaccine's success in mice will positively translate into the upcoming human trials.