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Experimental Vaccine Shows Promise for Lung Cancer: Study
Date:10/24/2011

ompared to 35 percent of those who took chemotherapy alone. The combo treatment was especially beneficial in a subgroup of patients who had a normal number of a type of immune response cells called "natural killer cells" upon entering the study, the researchers noted in a journal news release.

The rate of serious side effects was 52 percent in those given the combo treatment and 47 percent in those who received chemotherapy alone.

Non-small cell lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer death worldwide, and nearly half of these patients already have advanced disease by the time they are diagnosed, the authors noted in the news release.

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For more about lung cancer, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

-- Randy Dotinga

SOURCES: Srikumar Chellappan, Ph.D., chair, department of tumor biology and scientific director, National Functional Genomics Center, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, Fla.; Oct. 22, 2011, The Lancet Oncology, online


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