Pancreatic cancer claims 10,000 lives in the UK each year and is the deadliest form of cancer, with nine out of ten patients dying within two years of diagnosis
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mRNA technology used in Covid vaccines could hold key to finding a cure for pancreatic cancer, reports say.
A stitch using the same mRNA theory was developed to prevent tumors from returning after surgery, reports The Times.
Half of the patients who received the vaccine remained pancreatic cancer-free after 18 months.
The deadly disease claims the life of nine out of 10 people diagnosed within two years, making it the most common cancer with the worst prognosis.
The new vaccine was developed by scientists from the US working with employees from BioNTech, the German company that made Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine.
Pancreatic cancer kills around 10,000 people in the UK each year
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However, the results of a study presented to the American Society of Clinical Oncology showed that vaccines could train the immune system to kill cells associated with the disease.
A similar study is currently being conducted for colorectal cancer.
Tumors can spread because the immune system does not recognize cancer cells as foreign.
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The new mRNA vaccine programs the body’s immune system to identify the proteins found on cancer cells and destroy any remaining in the bloodstream after surgery.
The early-stage pancreatic cancer study involved 16 patients, each given eight doses of the vaccine intravenously after surgery to remove a tumour.
Half of the patients who received the vaccine remained cancer-free for the duration of the study.
Of the eight who did not, six died after the cancer returned.
dr Vinod Balachandran of the MSK Cancer Center in New York, the study’s lead author, told The Times the “very exciting” results paved the way for other cancer vaccines.
dr Welcoming the “really exciting advance” Chris MacDonald of Pancreatic Cancer UK added: “Such a vaccine would be a vital new weapon against the most deadly common cancer.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/covid-vaccine-technology-could-hold-27173876 Covid vaccine technology 'could hold key to cure pancreatic cancer'