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Cancer treatment clinical trials part two

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Cancer treatment clinical trials

A reader told this writer: “The idea of a cancer vaccine is ludicrous to me. I know of a clinic in Mexico (right over the border) that is making a 'cancer vaccine' from the individual's own body. Not sure whether it is the cancer tissue being used or the blood or what. Vaccines are historically useless and dangerous. So why would I trust a new so-called vaccine.”

In response to this skepticism, a contrasting point of view must be followed.

The future for cures of not only cancer but other devastating diseases can and have been found by use of vaccines, stem cells and what is now a new term in research, Active Cellular Immunotherapy's (ACI).

Jonas Salk became head of the Virus Research Lab at the University of Pittsburgh. He began investigating the poliovirus. After trial and error, a vaccine was available.

The following is from A Science Odyssey, a Public Broadcasting Systems.

“Poliomyelitis has been around since ancient times. There is still no cure for the disease. But at the peak of its devastation in the United States, Jonas Salk introduced a way to prevent it. In 1953, Salk reported his findings in The Journal of the American Medical Association.

In the U.S., cases of polio are now extremely rare, and ironically, are usually caused by the Sabin vaccine itself -- being live, the virus can mutate to a stronger form. Elsewhere there are still about 250,000 cases per year, mostly in developing nations where vaccination has not become widespread. The World Health Organization has goals to eradicate polio completely in the first decade of the twenty-first century.”

Eradicating cancer is the next frontier in medicine and it should be understood that it is here to stay. It is this writer’s dream to have that mission fulfilled in my granddaughters’ lifetime because surely it will be too late for many but the hope remains alive and well.




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